(Sports Network) - The surprising Detroit Red Wings will try to extend their
lead in the Western Conference semifinals when they host the top-seeded
Chicago Blackhawks in Thursday's Game 4 at Joe Louis Arena.
The seventh-seeded Red Wings lost Game 1 of this series by a 4-1 score before
taking the next two meetings by a combined margin of 7-2. Jimmy Howard was
stellar in Monday's Game 3 triumph, stopping 39 shots to help Detroit record a
3-1 win in the Motor City.
Chicago hopes to even this best-of-seven series on Thursday, but the
Presidents' Trophy winners are just 2-3 as the road team in the playoffs.
Detroit, meanwhile, is 3-1 at Joe Louis Arena during this postseason.
Pavel Datsyuk, Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller all scored goals for the Red
Wings on Monday. Howard made 15 saves during a scoreless first period and also
turned aside 16-of-17 shots in the third.
"Our hard work has been paying off," said Howard. "Guys have been taking the
body and blocking shots. We're playing with a lot of heart right now and we
have to keep it going."
Patrick Kane had the lone goal while Corey Crawford gave up all three goals on
30 shots for the Blackhawks
"They're playing really well right now and have a lot of things going their
way," said Kane. "We just have to re-group because I thought we played very
well tonight. It's going to be a good series."
The Blackhawks went 0-for-4 on the power play and are just 1-for-9 on the man
advantage in this series. However, Chicago still hasn't allowed a power-play
goal in this postseason, killing off all 29 of the opposition's chances with
the man advantage.
Chicago thought it had tied the game at 2-2 early in the third period only to
see the goal waved off due to a controversial goaltender interference call.
Just over a minute after Chicago cut the deficit to 2-1 on Kane's goal, they
had another score disallowed. Viktor Stalberg fired a shot on net from the
right side that went in, but Andrew Shaw was ruled to have interfered with
Howard. Several replays, however, failed to show Shaw making contact with the
"Disagree," said Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville when asked what he thought
of the call.
Shortly after the controversial call Detroit got its two-goal lead back at
6:46 as Datsyuk roofed a wrister over Crawford.
On the injury front, Detroit forward Mikael Samuelsson sat out Game 3 after
suffering an undisclosed injury in practice on Tuesday. He is questionable for
These Central Division and Original Six foes also have met 15 times in the
playoffs and Chicago has taken eight of those series. However, Detroit has
claimed the last two postseason encounters, including a five-game series win
when the franchise's last met in the playoffs in the 2009 Western Conference
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