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Jimmy Howard shuts out Blackhawks as Red Wings take 3-1 lead
Fri, 24 May 2013 06:33:43 +0000
Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) - Jimmy Howard stopped 28 shots as the Detroit Red Wings blanked the Chicago Blackhawks, 2-0, in Thursday's Game 4 for a commanding 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series at Joe Louis Arena.
The shutout was Howard's second in his postseason career, bringing the Red Wings to the brink of an improbable upset which they could complete with a victory over the Blackhawks in Saturday's Game 5 at United Center.
"Just stop the puck. Breathe and stop the puck. "That's basically it," Howard said after the game. "Guys have done a great job all series letting me get out and establish myself and try to make saves for the guys."
Jakub Kindl scored a power-play goal midway through the second period while Daniel Cleary added an empty-net goal with 38.2 seconds left to send the capacity crowd of 20,066 into a frenzy.
Corey Crawford stopped 25 shots for the Blackhawks, who lost three straight games in the best-of-seven series after taking the opening game.
Kindl put the Red Wings in front with a power-play goal at 10:03 of the second period. Johan Franzen shot the puck from the right wall and it was recovered by Justin Abdelkader, who left the puck to Pavel Datsyuk.
Datysuk then deked Marcus Kruger out of position in the process before passing it to Kindl, who shot it through a screen provided by Abdelkader.
It was Kindl's first career goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo, who issued a pass to Kindl, also collected his first point of this postseason.
The goal came with one second left on a penalty to Chicago captain Jonathan Toews -- the second of three straight penalties he took in the period. It also ended Chicago's perfect penalty killing streak -- the Blackhawks had erased 30 consecutive extra-man chances to start this postseason.
The Blackhawks created several great chances in the first period but Howard was simply outstanding, stopping all 14 shots he faced in the first, including top-level chances by Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp.
The Blackhawks dominated Game 1 en route to a 4-1 victory, but the Red Wings returned the favor in Game 2 with a 4-1 triumph of their own. The Red Wings then took Game 3, 3-1, behind the heroics of Pavel Datsyuk.