“I thought we gave them a lot of space,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “It doesn’t mean they don’t have a pace to their game, but it means we gave them too many options. And the neutral zone for me, not just on the forecheck but even our neutral zone on the counter wasn’t very good.”
Zdeno Chara, Boston’s 6-foot-9 defenseman, was back during the rush by Kruger and Frolik but was unable to break it up. The 2009 Norris Trophy winner was on the ice for five of Chicago’s six goals, with the Blackhawks using their speed to make life difficult on the captain of the Bruins.
“I think he was OK,” Julien said. “There’s no doubt they went after him and he was OK, because our whole team was OK. I don’t think anybody on our team can stand up today and say I thought I had a great game, and that’s why we’re sitting here today tied 2-all.”
The move by Quenneville to put Toews and Kane back together on a line with Bryan Bickell also played a role in the rough night for Chara and Rask. Toews had a tip-in for his first goal since May 25 against Detroit, snapping a 10-game drought. Kane had a nifty rebound score for his first goal of the series.
The productive night for that line _ Bickell had two assists and was credited with six hits _ could lead to some adjustments for Boston in the pivotal Game 5.
“I think you want to learn from every game, regardless of if you win or lose,” said Bruins center Chris Kelly, who failed to convert a prime scoring opportunity on Wednesday night. “Like winning, you want to put the game behind you. It’s in the past, there’s nothing you can do about it. Look to the next one.”
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