A day off after a wild, back-and-forth affair gave the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins players a chance to reflect before the Stanley Cup final continues this weekend. This and more in Thursday's top NHL playoff stories.
1.Tuukka Rask gave up six goals on 47 shots in Boston's overtime loss Wednesday. Certainly an unusual performance by the Bruins netminder who hadn't surrendered more than four goals this post-season. However, his coach and teammates want to portray the Finnish goalie as a 'normal' guy who has an extraordinary ability to bounce back, writes CBCSports.ca's Tim Wharnsby. See how Rask responds in Game 5 on Saturday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7:30 p.m. ET).
2.Chicago is just as confident in its starter, Corey Crawford. Even though he let in five goals on 33 shots in Chicago's win Wednesday, the Chateauguay, Que., native maintained his impressive playoff stats. Still, Crawford got little love for his glove, which the Bruins exploited in Game 4, but coach Joel Quenneville says he isn't worried.
3. Outside the crease, the Blackhawks are aware they need to do to cut down on Boston's scoring chances. "I think as forwards we can maybe be a little more responsible and getting in shooting lanes the way they would against us," said captain Jonathan Toews, who scored his second goal of the post-season Wednesday. "I think there's something to be said about blocking shots and maybe helping our goaltender out a little bit more."
4. Boston prefers to see the (Stanley) cup as half full after Chicago tied the championship series at two games apiece. "You move on. It's one loss. We've got two wins, we've got two losses," said Bruins coach Claude Julien. "It's about preparing for the next game, and our mood is fine.