The Stanley Cup finals between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks has already been compelling, and it's only going to get better.

The series is tied at two games apiece entering Game 5 Saturday night at United Center.

With the help of ESPN Stats & Information, this is the 23rd time the Stanley Cup finals have been tied at two games apiece since the best-of-seven format was introduced in 1939. The team that won Game 5 has captured the Cup 15 times (68.2 percent). However, the team losing Game 5 has rebounded to win the series four of the past six times since 2001. The Bruins (2011), Pittsburgh Penguins (2009), Tampa Bay Lightning (2004) and Colorado Avalanche (2001) all lost Game 5 before eventually winning the Cup.

In this series, three of the four games have gone into overtime, including Game 1's epic triple OT contest that ended with a 4-3 win by the Blackhawks. The Bruins won Game 2 in overtime 2-1. After Boston won 2-0 in Game 3, Chicago responded with a 6-5 win in OT in what turned into a classic run-and-gun game on both ends.

So, if Game 5 needs an extra period or two, it wouldn't be surprising.

"We realize games are going to be tight and they'll go to overtime, so I don't think we get too carried away about it," said Bruins forward Daniel Paille, who scored the game winner in Game 2.

If the overtime trend continues in Game 5, no matter how well or poorly a team has played during regulation, OT offers a chance for redemption.

"Anything can happen in overtime," said Bruins forward Tyler Seguin. "It's a brand-new game when you step into those type of periods and you just try to be ready as best as you can.

"It could happen every game. Every game is tight. It's two great teams with not too many holes. It comes down to the battles, the determination and who wants it more that night. We need to respond correctly here tonight."

Each team has won a game on the road, so the Bruins are confident they can win here tonight for an opportunity to close out the series on home ice in Game 6 on Monday.