Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings Game 4: Live Score, Updates & Analysis
The Blackhawks had every opportunity to win this game, but just couldn't beat Jimmy Howard. Jakub Kindl scored the only non-empty net goal of the game with a power-play goal in the second period.
The Red Wings took advantage of their second power play of the game, ending Chicago's consecutive penalty streak to start the playoffs on their 31st penalty kill. That was the only offense that the Red Wings would need, though Cleary added an empty-net goal in the final minute of the game to make it 2-0.
The Blackhawks are now up against the wall, facing elimination back home in Game 5 on Saturday.
Blackhawks lost their cool in the second period. Led by their captain's three straight stick infraction penalties, the 'Hawks lost the momentum that they had at the start of the second period.
The power play would end up giving the Red Wings the only offense that they needed to win.
The Red Wings' defense was not to be underestimated in this one. Detroit had 11 blocked shots and eight takeaways, constantly pressuring the Blackhawks along the boards.
The final score once again from Hockeytown: Red Wings win, 2-0.
It's over!! We're up 3-1 in this series!!!!— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 24, 2013
Red Wings 2, Blackhawks 0. Final score.
That's the game!
Red Wings shut out the Blackhawks, even though the Blackhawks had a bucket load of chances in this one.
Red Wings 2, Blackhawks 0. 38.2 remaining third period.
Dan Cleary ices the the Red Wings' win with an empty-net goal.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 1:00 remaining third period.
Chicago has pulled the goalie. Six attackers on the ice.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 2:06 remaining third period.
Red Wings kill the penalty. Joakim Andersson had a bunch of cleared pucks on that power play.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 4:45 remaining third period.
Jakub Kindl takes a hooking penalty for taking down Brandon Saad on the breakaway. Could have been a penalty shot, but it was pretty close to the goal.
Blackhawks, needeless to say, need this power play to produce something good.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 5:51 remaining, third period.
Blackhawks with some intense pressure, looking for the equalizer. With the fans getting restless, Jimmy Howard comes up with a save and holds it for a faceoff.
Red Wings escape danger yet again. They need to start getting to the points and taking away the point shots off of the faceoffs.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 8:06 remaining, third period.
The Blackhawks continue to get closer, but close isn't enough. They need a goal.
Getting the friendly bounces would help too.
Over halfway through the third period and Chicago is getting closer, hitting a goal post.
Bolland all alone with Howard, but the Red Wings' goalie turns it aside. Good opportunity, but couldn't convert. #CHIvsDET— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) May 24, 2013
Sooner or later, one has to think they will start getting those "puck luck" bounces.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 10:35 remaining, third period.
Crawford with a huge save on a point-blank shot in front of the net. Gustav Nyquist hit the late man and Crawford was up to the challenge.
Howie robbery! Bolland gets stoned on a one-timer with 10:35 left in the third #GoWings— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 24, 2013
At the other end of the ice, shortly after, Dave Bolland was stoned by the right pad of a sprawling Jimmy Howard on a odd-man rush.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 14:15 remaining, third period.
Clock is rolling right along here in the third period, going a few minutes without a whistle here in the third period.
Crunch time! The third period is underway #GoWings— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 24, 2013
Johnny Oduya prevents Damien Brunner from getting a clean breakaway chance.
The best thing Toews can do in the third period, is stay on the ice. But Toews needs to be mentally on the ice as well.
He was off of the ice for three straight penalties, but still managed to play almost 13 minutes through two periods.
As a player who has shown that he can win at any place in the hockey world, (gold medal, Stanley Cup, etc) Toews just needs to remain on the ice and he (and the rest of the Blackhawks) will get a chance to even the score in this one.
Flipping over to CBC, they just showed an interesting clip of Brent Seabrook being a fantastic teammate.
After Toews took one of his three straight penalties, Brent Seabrook went into the penalty box and put his glove on top of Toews' helmet and giving him encouragement before stepping out and returning to the bench.
This next period could very well decide the Blackhawks' fate for the rest of the series.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. Second intermission.
Red Wings have really used those power plays to take over the momentum in the game. They seem to be out-skating the Blackhawks, out-shooting the 'Hawks 12-10 in this period.
Obviously a few of those shots are on the power play, but even after the power plays, the Red Wings took it to the Blackhawks.
After 40, we're up 1-0; both teams have 22 shots #GoWings— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 24, 2013
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 4:43 remaining, second period.
Bickell (4 for roughing) and Abdelkader (2 slashing/2 roughing) sitting down, just under 5 minutes left to play in the 2nd. #CHIvsDET— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) May 24, 2013
Bryan Bickell and Justin Abdelkader will set for a while after getting in a tussle in front of the Blackhawks' net.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 6:00 remaining, second period.
Blackhawks kill the third straight penalty to Toews, even generating a chance while shorthanded. Chicago needs to get back to the way that they were playing at the start of the period.
Some discipline would help.
Sorry, spoke too soon.
Toews is in the box again for high sticking, again.
Red Wings going back to the power play as the Blackhawks throw the puck over the glass.
Red Wings 1, Blackhawks 0. 10:03 remaining first period.
Detroit scores a power-play goal with one second left on the power play! Jakub Kindl let the shot go and Abdelkader was screening the goalie in front of the net.
Toews was unimpressed with the call for a "high stick" because although he got his stick up on Abdelkader, the stick didn't actually appear to hit Abdelkader's face on the replay.
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 0. 11:56 remaining first period.
Blackhawks kill the power play, but another hit on Abdelkader leads to another power play. Abdelkader gets high sticked by Toews and he goes right back to the box, obviously frustrated.
Toews goes off for hooking Drew Miller.
Chicago has yet to give up a power play goal in the playoffs.
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 0. 14:45 remaining first period.
Chicago with the power play, but don't tell that to the Red Wings.
Patrick Eaves and Joakim Andersson with a couple of scoring chances while shorthanded on Corey Crawford.
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