Blackhawks Lose;Detroit Takes 2-1 Series Lead

They’re too old they said.

They’re too slow they said.

The Blackhawks swept the season series they said.

After the outcome of game three, the reports of the demise of the Detroit Red Wings were grossly underestimated.

The Chicago Blackhawks knew going in that the Red Wings were going to do whatever they could to get them off of their game. Detroit's strategy working thus far. The Red Wings beat the Blackhawks 3-1 to take a decisive 2-1 lead in the best of seven Western Conference semifinal.

Game three was a much chippier affair. Both teams combined for 12 penalties. Seven of which were committed by the Blackhawks. Detroit continued to win face offs and out hit the visitors.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings got on the board first with a wrist shot from Gustav Nyquist. He was assisted by Joakim Andersson and Damien Brunner. 31 seconds later, Drew Miller scored for the home team. He was assisted by Patrick Eaves and Cory Emmerton.

The Blackhawks got on the board during the third period. Patrick Kane’s wrist shot cut Detroit’s lead in half. He was assisted by Duncan Keith.

The Red Wings added an insurance goal later on the third period with a Pavel Datsyuk score. He was assisted by Johan Franzen and Brendan Smith.

Goaltender Corey Crawford had 27 saves for the Blackhawks.

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard was stellar in goal. He had 39 saves.

The Blackhawks continue to have mixed results on power play. Even though they extended their penalty kill streak to 29 opportunities, the team went 0-4 on the man advantage.

Game four is Thursday in Detroit.

GAME RECAP

Final score: Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 1

CHI goals: Kane

DET goals: Nyquist, Miller, Datsyuk

Three stars:

1)  Howard

2) Miller

3) Hjalmarsson

Winning goalie: Corey Crawford (27 GAA, .900 sv%)

Losing goalie: Jimmy Howard (39 GAA, .975 sv%)

Next games: Thursday 5/23 7:00pm CDT at Detroit; Saturday 3/25 7:00pm CDT vs. Detroit

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