Blackhawks Win Game Four Of Stanley Cup Finals
The Chicago Blackhawks ensured Game Six in the Stanley Cup Finals with a 2-1 victory inside "The Madhouse on Madison."
Tampa Bay and Chicago went the entire first period without pushing a puck across the goalies, but both Corey Crawford and 20-year old Andrei Vasilevskiy broke in the second period for a goal apiece. The Lightning kept things tight until Brandon Saad gave Chicago the lead with 13:38 to play. From that point, it was up to Crawford to hold down the fort.
The Blackhawks' keeper survived a late flurry on his net but survived for the win and collected 24 saves. If they allowed Tampa to take the 3-1 lead, the Stanley Cup would most likely be headed down south. With the series locked up, 2-2, the entire complexity of things changes.
Sports fans should rejoice at the sheer fact six games are ensured. If we're lucky, it will go seven. Vasilevskiy covered for the injured Ben Bishop well in the net, but Crawford outdid him on the opposite side of the ice. Bishop's health will be determined later, but it will certainly play a factor moving forward.
Hit the reset button. There's three games left to determine the result. Whoever takes two, takes the cup. The men who find a way to push through their pain to collect the cup will have their names engraved on it forever.
It's what makes the Stanley Cup Finals what they are. Again, let's just hope we get seven games.