By: Dan Cole | KFAN.com
After an NBA Finals matchup that saw a dramatic series conclude with a tightly contested Game 7, it's looking like the Stanley Cup Finals may be headed in an equally entertaining direction.
A total of four overtime periods in the first two games of the series, followed by a defensive battle and an 11 goal barn burner in Games 3 and 4, leave no wonder why the series has earned more than double the TV viewership of last year's Stanley Cup Finals.
The series moves back to Chicago for Game 5, giving the Blackhawks a definite upper hand -- for one game, at least. They're 10-1-1 on home ice this postseason, compared to a dismal 4-4-1 record on the road.
If the Bruins manage a victory at United Center on Saturday night, it could spell history for the Blackhawks. Boston hadn't lost at TD Garden since May 10 until Chicago beat them there in overtime on Wednesday.
In what looked like was going to be a series of goaltending battles, both teams broke through in a big way in Game 4. Especially Chicago, which looked like it was going to be forever unable to solve the riddle that was Tuukka Rask.
Rask had allowed just one goal total between Games 2 and 3, making 61 saves in that span. But the Blackhawks managed to figure him out in Game 4, putting six pucks behind him and reestablishing the fact that they were second in the league in scoring during the regular season.
Much criticism has fallen on the Blackhawks' superstars during times of offensive frustration during the postseason -- for good reason. It makes sense, then, that Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp each buried goals in Game 4 -- Toews' and Kane's coming just over two minutes apart in the second period.
Patrice Bergeron remained the most crucial two-way cog for the Bruins, netting two goals in Game 4 and winning 56 percent of his faceoffs.
Faceoffs, however, may have made the difference for Chicago on Wednesday. After being dominated 40-16 on the dot in their shutout loss in Game 3, the Blackhawks won 38 draws in Game 4 to the Bruins' 39.
Game 5 is slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday night in Chicago.