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Chicago Blackhawks tie series with Tampa Bay Lightning

Brandon Saad put the Blackhawks ahead for good in the third period and his teammates held off a frantic late push from the Lightning to even the Stanley Cup Finals at two games apiece.

Corey Crawford provided a solid performance in net, making 24 saves to lift Chicago to a 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 4 at United Center on Wednesday night.

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Jonathan Toews scored his first goal of the series for the Blackhawks, who improved to 4-0 in Game 4s and 8-2 at home this postseason.

Alex Killorn provided the Lightning's lone marker and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 17 shots during a surprise playoff start, the first of his career, in place of an injured Ben Bishop.

All four games of the Finals have been decided by one goal.

The best-of-seven series will continue Saturday with Game 5 at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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