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Jimmy Howard tallies 39 saves as Red Wings down Blackhawks in Game 3
Tue, 21 May 2013 05:27:44 +0000
Detroit, MI, United States (4E Sports) - Jimmy Howard recorded 39 saves as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-1, in Game 3 to take a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series Monday at Joe Louis Arena.
Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Pavel Datsyuk each tallied a goal to help the Red Wings seize control of the best-of-seven series, which will resume Thursday also at Joe Louis Arena.
Corey Crawford tallied 27 saves while Patrick Kane delivered the lone goal for the Blackhawks, who lost just for the ninth time in 56 regulation games this season.
Nyquist opened scoring at 7:49 of the second period. After a faceoff in the Red Wings' end, Damien Brunner chipped the puck over Chicago defenseman Nick Leddy and Nyquist tracked it down near the Blackhawks' blue line.
Nyquist then cut to the middle of the ice and past defenseman Brent Seabrook before smacking the puck past Crawford for his second goal of the postseason. Brunner now has four goals and eight points, second on the team to captain Henrik Zetterberg.
Miller made it 2-0 31 seconds later after Chicago defenseman Michal Rozsival turned the puck over when Cory Emmerton intercepted his outlet pass and passed it to Patrick Eaves, who put two shots on Crawford.
Blackhawks defenseman Jonny Oduya reached for the puck but Miller dove headfirst toward the net and was able to push it over the goal line for his first goal of the playoffs.
Chicago dominated the start of the third period and cut the lead by half when Patrick Kane scored on a breakaway at 4:35.
The Blackhawks thought they had tied the game 67 seconds later but referee Brad Watson immediately waived off a Viktor Stalberg goal because Andrew Shaw was in the crease, even though he did not appear to make significant contact with Howard.
Datsyuk then sealed the victory with an incredible shot at 6:46 to make it 3-1.