After 5-goal game in Stanley Cup finals, Bruins show they 'can skate with anybody'

  • Article by: JIMMY GOLEN , AP Sports Writer
  • Updated: June 20, 2013 - 5:50 PM

BOSTON — From Eddie Shore to Bobby Orr to Raymond Bourque, the Boston Bruins have played a certain way — and been pretty successful at it.

The bruising and often belligerent style of the Original Six franchise was best embodied by the "Big Bad Bruins" of the 1960s and '70s, and it helped establish the way Boston teams are still expected to play. So when the Bruins lost 6-5 — 11 goals! — to Chicago in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night, purists were aghast.

"I don't think any coach likes the back-and-forth, exchanging chances," Bruins coach Claude Julien said Thursday, a day after he said it just wasn't "a Bruins type of game." ''Although it's exciting for the fans, you're looking for some zone time. ... People construed 'Bruins hockey' as being rough-and-tumble and not much else. But I talk about not playing our game."

Brent Seabrook scored 9:51 into overtime to help the Blackhawks tie the best-of-seven series at two games apiece and regain the home-ice advantage. Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago before the teams return to Boston for Game 6 on Monday.

Although it was the third overtime game of the finals, it looked nothing like the tightly contested and low-scoring first three games. The five second-period goals on Wednesday night were as many as the teams scored in Games 2 and 3 combined, and the 11 goals total were nearly as many as had been scored in the whole series to that point.

"I'm not going to sit here and complain about the high scoring," Julien said, clarifying that he was more concerned about the poor defensive play that allowed it to happen. "It's almost like saying we're not allowed to score or we don't want to score, and that's not right. I'd like to win 5-1 instead of losing 6-5, but we want to score. It's probably the way we gave some of the goals up."

Bruins forward Chris Kelly said the five goals the Bruins scored proves that, in spite of their reputation as a hard-hitting, defense-first team, "we can skate with them."

"They're a good skating team, but so are we," Kelly said. "I think we can keep up with any team in the league; we've proven that. I don't think it's the style of hockey that we want to play, but we have guys that can score goals just as well anyone else in the league."

They just don't want to.

"That's almost the pace of how a Pittsburgh game would want to play, or a team that has so much offensive power," forward Tyler Seguin said. "(I'm) not saying that we don't, but we were so successful when we were being good in our own zone ... then going and scoring goals."

One of the things that opened the game up was Chicago's early scoring. After going more than 120 minutes without getting a puck past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask, the Blackhawks made it 1-0 on a short-handed goal in the first seven minutes of Game 4.

Then, with the score tied after one period, Chicago took a two-goal lead — its first of the series — with a pair of goals about two minutes apart.

"We put ourselves in a hole a few times. Maybe we had to take some chances to get ourselves back," Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid said. "It probably wasn't a game that either team was expecting going in."

In all, the Blackhawks led 1-0, 3-1, 4-2 and 5-4 before taking the only lead they couldn't give back, winning 6-5 in overtime.

"I don't think there was anything free-wheeling about our game," said Jonathan Toews, who scored a goal and screened Rask on the game-winner. "Evidently we made a few mistakes and kept giving up goals right after we scored, and when we got the momentum, they found a way to get right back. That's something we want to change if we can do so in the next game."

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville agreed that trading end-to-end rushes isn't a path to success in the NHL, especially in the Stanley Cup finals.

But sometimes the games develop that way.

"I think there's been stretches in all the games where it's probably been a little bit more free-flowing than others," Quenneville said. "(Wednesday) night's game started off like it was kind of not a lot of room, but I think once the puck started going in it seemed like it was end-to-end.

"But I think in all four games, and basically from every minute of every game, the pace has been high-end," he said, "and you've got to make sure you're moving. They're quick. We want to make sure we use our quickness, as well."

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Baltimore 2 FINAL
Detroit 15
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Philadelphia 5
Northeastern 1 FINAL
Boston 2
Miami-Fla 1 FINAL
Miami 7
Pittsburgh 8 FINAL
Toronto 7
San Francisco 4 FINAL
Oakland 9
Cleveland 0 FINAL
Cincinnati 10
Boston College 0 FINAL
Boston 1
Arizona State 0 FINAL
Arizona 4
Boston 79 FINAL
Cleveland 110
LA Lakers 103 FINAL
Charlotte 104
Sacramento 124 FINAL
New York 86
Houston 96 FINAL
Atlanta 104
Utah 93 FINAL
Memphis 82
Washington 91 4th Qtr 0:29
Chicago 95
Milwaukee 51 3rd Qtr
Denver 55
Nashville 1 FINAL
New Jersey 3
Calgary 3 FINAL(OT)
Philadelphia 2
Washington 5 FINAL
Columbus 3
Buffalo 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 3 3rd Prd 1:11
Florida 2
Ottawa 2 3rd Prd 5:39
Minnesota 2
NY Islanders 1 3rd Prd
Dallas 0
Anaheim 2 2nd Prd 8:21
Arizona 1
Los Angeles 2 1st Prd :59
Edmonton 0
San Jose 3 1st Prd 11:57
Vancouver 0
Ole Miss 82 FINAL
Alabama 74
Eastern Mich 67 FINAL
Ball State 60
Kent State 81 FINAL
Bowling Green 80
Ohio 66 FINAL
Buffalo 93
Georgetown 60 FINAL
Butler 54
Toledo 77 FINAL
Central Mich 85
Rhode Island 59 FINAL
Dayton 75
Youngstown St 67 FINAL
Detroit 77
North Carolina 81 FINAL
Georgia Tech 49
Loyola-Maryland 45 FINAL
Holy Cross 62
Iowa 77 FINAL
Indiana 63
Akron 63 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 70
Army 52 FINAL
Navy 56
Maryland 60 FINAL
Rutgers 50
Kennesaw St 54 FINAL
USC Upstate 90
Jacksonville 63 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 81
Lipscomb 76 FINAL
Northern Ky 73
Stetson 67 FINAL
North Florida 81
Wright State 57 FINAL
Ill-Chicago 60
Western Mich 63 FINAL
Northern Ill 65
Nebraska Omaha 80 FINAL
North Dakota 78
Houston Baptist 71 FINAL
Abilene Christian 83
NC State 34 2nd Half 12:48
Clemson 33
Texas A&M 29 2nd Half 14:29
Florida 30
Kentucky 35 2nd Half 18:28
Georgia 35
West Virginia 42 2nd Half 17:00
Kansas 30
Auburn 44 2nd Half 11:43
Missouri 41
Michigan 44 2nd Half 10:08
Northwestern 41
Villanova 29 2nd Half
Creighton 30
Longwood 55 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 63
Charleston Southern 39 FINAL
Presbyterian 47
Coastal Carolina 54 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 68
NJIT 51 FINAL
UMass Lowell 60
West Virginia 55 FINAL
Kansas State 59
TCU 45 FINAL
Texas 79
Fresno State 53 2nd Half 11:47
Air Force 32
San Jose St 43 2nd Half 10:00
Boise State 72
Nevada 43 2nd Half 8:47
Colorado State 48
UNLV 31 2nd Half 12:54
San Diego State 41
Wyoming 48 2nd Half 7:20
Utah State 47
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Wild finish out the season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close