Anaheim's Pound-a-Thon on the Line in Game 5
Let's face it, if an NHL playoff game is going to go into overtime and Chicago is involved, they're gonna come out on top.
Especially if it goes into multiple overtimes.
The Blackhawks outlasted Anaheim, 5-4, in double overtime on Saturday after going even longer to beat the Ducks, 3-2, in triple overtime in Game 2. They also beat Nashville, 4-3, in double overtime in Game 1 of the first round and then again, 3-2, in triple overtime in Game 4.
Saturday's Game 4 was bizarre. The Blackhawks took a 3-1 lead on goals by Brandon Saad, Jonathan Toews, and Brent Seabrook, only to see the Ducks score three goals in 37 seconds to take a 4-3 lead midway through the third period.
Patrick Kane then tied it on a power play goal at 12:39 before Antonie Vermette won the game in the second overtime.
Vermette, who was a healthy scratch in Game 3, was assisted by Patrick Sharp and Teuvo Teravainen -- the other Game 3 scratch -- as Chicago tied the series at two.
The Ducks will look to rebound in the Pond on Monday in Game 5. Corey Perry is on fire with nine goals, and the hits will just keep on coming.
Anaheim remains convinced that physical play will prevail over the marathon minutes Chicago's Top Four defensemen are logging. Center Ryan Kesler puts a fine point on it:
The Ducks unquestionably have size on their side, so they don't have to go out of their way to bounce a few bodies around. But Chicago's nothing if not resilient. They've coped with short off-seasons after long Cup runs, and so far, they're showing no signs of fatigue from extra-long games.
But now is when Anaheim believes their strategy will start to pay off. For their sake, with a 2-2 series and Game 6 in Chi-Town, it'd better.