By Brad Gardner
The second round playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, tied at one game apiece, shifted to Joe Louis Arena for Game 3 on Monday night. Even though the Blackhawks offense opened up to the tune of 40 shots, doubling their total from Game 2, Jimmy Howard stood tall in net for the Red Wings and carried his team to a 3-1 victory.
Quick strikes from bottom-six forwards Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller in the second period put the Blackhawks in a hole from which they would not get out. Patrick Kane scored for the second consecutive game, but Howard came up with the save on the rest of Chicago’s 39 shots, including saves on 16 of the 17 shots he faced against the Hawks late push in the third period.
Viktor Stalberg suited up for the Blackhawks after being a healthy scratch for the first two games of the series. It looked like his night might end early when on his first shift the game, Jakub Kindl ducked a check, sending Stalberg head first into the boards. He was slow to get up but eventually skated off under his own power. After a few minutes in the locker room, Stalberg returned to the bench. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Bryan Bickell, Corey Crawford, Damien Brunner, Detroit, Duncan Keith, Game recap, Gustav Nyquist, Jimmy Howard, Patrick Eaves, Patrick Kane, Pavel Datsyuk, Playoffs, Red Wings, Viktor Stalberg
By Brad Vandenberk
On a cold afternoon in Detroit, the Blackhawks invaded Joe Louis Arena for a 12:30 ET start. This lone NHL afternoon match was viewed nationally and did not disappoint.
The Hawks came in riding their 21 game point streak and the Red Wings were looking to play spoiler and break that streak.
With the talk of re-alignment throughout the NHL, the Red Wings will move over to the Eastern Conference and only see the Hawks 2 times a year versus the regular 6 times. This could be a big blow to the already great rivalry between these 2 clubs.
Marian Hossa played in his 1000th game, etching his name among the elite in the NHL. Dave Bolland missed his 5th consecutive game with an upper body injury. Read more
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Tagged Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, Dan Carcillo, Detroit, Game recap, Henrik Zetterberg, Jimmy Howard, Joakim Andersson, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson, Marian Hossa, Patrick Eaves, Patrick Kane, Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings, The Streak, Tomas Tatar, Viktor Stalberg