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Blackhawks Beat Lightning 2-1, Series Tied 2-2

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Going into the game in Chicago up 2-1, the Lightning were hoping to take a stranglehold on the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. With the series heading back to Tampa for Game 5, a 3-1 lead may have seemed insurmountable to the Hawks on the road.

However, this ‘never say die’ Chicago team, led by superstar veterans like Jonathan Toews, Marion Hossa and Patrick Kane, who are looking to claim their third championship in five seasons, were not about to drop two-straight games at home. And they didn’t.

The Blackhawks struck first at 6:40 of the second period. Toews found the back of the net for the 10th time these playoffs, with assists from Patrick Sharp and Hossa. At 11:47 the Lightning tied it up 1-1, with Alex Killorn’s ninth goal of the postseason, with assists from Valtteri Filppula and Steven Stamkos.

Chicago’s Brandon Saad scored his eighth of the playoffs at 6:22 of the third period, with an assist from Kane. That left just under 10 minutes for Tampa to tie it up and force overtime, for the umpteenth time in these playoffs. Despite the Lightning’s furious surge in the final 90 seconds, the Blackhawks were able to fend them off and secure victory.

The series is now knotted up 2-2, with Game 5 in Tampa on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

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