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Blackhawks Daily: Bruins Live To Fight Another Day; Oilers Hang On



For Blackhawks fans, Connor Bedard continues his insane pace in the Worlds. For the rest of the hockey world, the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue their frantic pace.

The Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers are playing some insane hockey. The Atlantic Division crown in the regular season went to Florida on the last day of the season and that duel has continued into the postseason. The Panthers have pretty much had their way with the Bruins so far and they came into Tuesday night’s game with a 3-1 series lead. With their backs against the wall, the Bruins needed a big game here. 

It started very well for the Bruins as Morgan Geekie gave them a 1-0 lead at 4:49. At 6:23 of the second period, however, Sam Reinhart scored a great goal to tie it up. 

Would Boston fold or would they find a way this time? Charlie McAvoy scored his first of the playoffs at 10:25 of the second and the Bruins had a lead again. The goal was reviewed for goaltender interference but things went the way of the Bruins this time (unlike in game four). 

That 2-1 score held through the third period and the Bruins won. Game six will be back in Boston with Florida holding a 3-2 series lead. Will the Bruins force game seven or will the Panthers close them out?

The all-Canada series between the Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers played game four following the Boston-Florida game and it was equally as thrilling if not more. Vancouver came in with a 2-1 series lead. 

Edmonton took a 1-0 lead on their all-time great power play. Evan Bouchard found Connor McDavid who went to work. McDavid did a great job skating left to pass right to a wide-open Leon Draisaitl who didn’t miss with his one-timer. 

Later on, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins found himself on a two-on-one with Connor McDavid. Instead of making the pass, he sold it all the way and shot a beautiful goal to give the Oilers a 2-0 lead. They went into the third period feeling very good about their chances. Vancouver wouldn’t back down as they scored two goals to tie things up in the third. With the goalie pulled and down one, Brock Boeser’s shot deflected off Elias Lindholm and it was tied up. 

Remarkably, the game didn’t even go to overtime. Evander Kane and Leon Draisaitl made a wonderful play that found Evan Bouchard with the puck and a lane to the net. He didn’t miss his shot and the Oilers won in regulation 3-2. The series is all tied up at two. The Oilers are not dominating the way that people thought they would. Vancouver plays hard and they are in every game and the series. This one could very well go the distance. 

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