Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks
The Stanley Cup Finals head back to the Windy City with the series knotted at 2-2. The Blackhawks are -150 favorites over the Bruins with an over/under goal total set at 5.
In a series that appears to be destined for seven games, Chicago tied the series 6-5 in overtime Wednesday to prevent Boston from taking a commanding 3-1 lead. In the highest scoring game of the series thus far, Brent Seabrook sent the Boston fans home with a grimace when he sent the game winner past Tuuka Rask with under ten minutes elapsed in theextra session.
In a series that was dominated by defense and brillient goal tending at times, this one was an old fashioned shootout with the Blackhawks blitzing Rask with 47 shots, while the Bruins sent 33 shots at Corey Crawford. The vaunted penalty kill of the Bruins was finally beaten by Patrick Sharp, while Marcus Kruger, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Michal Handzus each finding the back of the net.
For the Bruins, Patrice Bergeron paced the offense with a pair of tallies, with Johnny Boychuk, Milan Lucic and Rich Peverley lighting the lamp. The Bruins let a golden opportunity to take control of this series although Chicago had plenty to do with that as they never trailed in an up and down show that fans of offensive hockey had to enjoy. What can we expect in game six? Probably another tight one as these teams appear to be evenly matched.
In my view, I think another shootout would favor the Blackhawks who are probably the faster and deeper team. That means Boston would be best served by a low scoring, grind it out affair. Chicago is a solid defensive team as well so they can win iin any number of ways which is why they are favored to win this series. I think taking big faves between teams so closely matched is not ideal so for me it’s the plus money.
Boston Bruins +140 Chicago Blackhawks