Blackhawks beat Bruins 6-5 in OT, even series 2-2

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BOSTON - Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville put Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on the same line to create a spark and they managed to set the team's offense ablaze.

The problem for the Blackhawks was that the Bruins also had their best offensive showing of the series.

Kane and Toews each scored their first goals of the series, and Brent Seabrook scored at 9:51 of overtime to lead the Blackhawks to a wild 6-5 win that ties up the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 going into Saturday's Game 5 in Chicago.

Johnny Boychuk scored on a 30-foot slap shot with 7:46 left in regulation to tie the game 5-5, just 55 seconds after Patrick Sharp had scored a power play goal to give Chicago a 5-4 lead.

The 11 goals were only one less than the two teams had scored total in three previous games that included four overtime periods.

The Blackhawks had scored only one over the two previous games against Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.

The Bruins rallied from 3-1 and 4-2 deficits to tie the game 4-4 on Patrice Bergeron's second goal of the game, set up on Jaromir Jagr's second assist of the game.

After producing 2-1 and 2-0 scores in Games 3 and 4, the two teams combined for five goals in the second period.

With the score tied 1-1, Toews deflected Michal Rozsival's shot from the point at 6:33 to give Chicago a 2-1 lead. It was Toews' first goal in 11 games.

A little more than two minutes later, Kane scored off a rebound, on a backhander, to make it a 3-1 game. Rozsival added his second assist.

With all of the momentum seemingly with Chicago, Milan Lucic scored from the slot to cut Chicago's margin to goal at 14:43. But 49 seconds later, Chicago's Marcus Kruger scored to to regain the two-goal lead.

The Bruins answered at 17:22 when Bergeron scored a freak goal resulting from the puck hitting the glass behind the net and caroming to the top of the net and falling into the crease. Bergeron tapped it in.

After Bergeron tied the game early in the third, the teams didn't settle into the customary defensive tug-of-war. With 8:41 left, Sharp scored on a power play goal to give Chicago a 5-4 lead. But 55 seconds later the score was tied again after Nathan Horton's pass found Boychuk alone inside the blue line.

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