Is this series headed for seven?
|06.22.13 at 3:15 pm ET|
CHICAGO — As the teams approach Game 5, it’s hard not to think about Game 7.
The most lopsided game in the series was Game 3, when the Bruins picked up a 2-0 win. Every other game has been decided in overtime, and with how close this series has been, Bryan Bickell admits the mindset has to be that the Stanley Cup finals will go the distance.
“Yeah,” the Blackhawks left wing said. “With three games [going to] OT and both of the games that we won [coming] in overtime, I can’t say it’s not going to be OT tonight. You never know. This is a tough, grueling series. Both teams are battling for the same goal and there’s a lot of passion out there. There’s a lot of grueling battles in front or goalies doing whatever it takes. It’s fun and it’s a great time to be part of this.”
Rich Peverley and Dennis Seidenberg say they aren’t taking that mindset, as neither claim to be in the business of either predicting the future or looking past each individual game. They just want to take Game 5 and go from there.
It will be interesting to see what the fifth game as the series holds, as Game 4 was certainly a departure from the tight-checking play that was seen in the first three games. Neither team want to see a game like Game 4, as both teams swapped chances up and down the ice. One would think that the Blackhawks would prefer that type of game given that their speed would be a bigger advantage, but with how much the Bruins exposed Corey Crawford in Game 4, they actually should be worried about getting themselves into a track meet.
There’s no telling whether the series will revert back to its old self or remain high-scoring, but Claude Julien expects one thing to stay the same: the close score.
“I expect a real good game,” Julien said. “[The series is] obviously 2-2. Do we know how it’s going to go? I don’t think either coach could have told you before last game it was going to be a high scoring game. I think we were surprised.
“Will that continue? I really don’t know. Again, it’s how well the teams play, how good the goaltenders are, and everything else. It depends on a lot of things. Is it going to be penalty filled, it is going to be five-on-five? I think it’s really hard to predict this time of year. The only thing I’m capable of saying here is based on the first four games, they’re all tight and they’re all close and they’re all exciting.”