Detroit Red Wings vs. Chicago Blackhawks Game 5: Live Score, Updates & Analysis
The Blackhawks avoided elimination and now trail the series 3-2.
Bryan Bickell scored in the first period to put the 'Hawks up 1-0. The Blackhawks pressure on the Red Wings created the goal, as Bickell had a wide-open net. In the second period, Dan Cleary tied the game on a goal from an impossible angle.
From there on out, it was all Blackhawks. They put up two power-play goals in the second period and Andrew Shaw led the team with two goals.
Chicago outshot the Red Wings by a 14-3 count in the third period.
Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1. Final score.
The Blackhawks used the reunited pairing of Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook to get the Red Wings' offense off-balance in Game 5.
Chicago seemed to win the bulk of the 50-50 pucks and that translated into goals and scoring chances on the score sheet.
That's it for tonight's game, make sure to tune in Monday night for Game 6 from Detroit.
Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1. 1:00 remaining third period.
Hawks fans start to count it down, but it wasn't without some anxious moments in this game.
Chicago continues to apply pressure in the offensive zone and try to get a physical edge against the Red Wings by getting between the benches and preventing the Red Wings from changing cleanly.
Blackhawks fans with a "we want the Cup" chant.
Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1. 5:00 remaining third period.
That power play goes by the wayside as Detroit was watching Chicago with the puck more often than they had the puck on that one.
Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1. 8:26 remaining third period.
Hawks continue to keep the pressure on in this one, now leading the shots 38-25. Chicago is now outshooting Detroit 10-3 in this third period.
Detroit goes back to the power play here as Frolik goes off for elbowing for two minutes or less.
Nik Kronwall takes a huge hit from Bryan Bickell.
Red Wings need to start finishing their checks or else they will continue to get run over for the rest of this game and into Game 6.
Detroit, outhitting Chicago 22-19, needs a physical boost and a good solid, forechecking shift to find their way back into this game.
If this game does not turn for the Red Wings, they still need to have some moral victories to take into Game 6.
The Red Wings have lost quite a few 50-50 puck battles tonight and that Andrew Shaw just beat Brendan Smith to the loose puck on that last goal.
Credit to the Blackhawks tonight, they have been skating and playing like they have been up against the elimination wall, which they have been.
Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1. 12:48 remaining third period.
Andrew Shaw scores on a wrap-around goal. Shaw simply beat Brendan Smith to the loose puck on the side of the net and Howard couldn't get back to the post as he had been out to challenge the initial shot.
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 1. 15:00 remaining third period.
The Blackhawks are frustrating the Red Wings and denying them time and space in the offensive zone. The Hawks don't seem to have any interest in offense, but they are denying each and every offensive opportunity that the Red Wings can muster.
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 1. 18:00 remaining third period.
Red Wings fail to convert on the power play and the slow-play game begins.
Look for the Blackhawks to go back to the neutral-zone trap here with a two-goal lead.
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 1. 20:00 remaining third period.
Red Wings start the period with 42 seconds of power-play time.
Twitter has a lot to say about the Red Wings' play through two periods. Most of it is doom and gloom.
#RedWings playing scared. No aggressiveness. Indecision and lack of aggression = lose. Especially in playoffs.— Dave Dial (@Dave_Dial) May 26, 2013
Red Wings don't look like they want it enough— Eddie Theisen (@ETGOWINGS19) May 26, 2013
Well the Red Wings are gonna lose. Better win game 6 or they will lose the series. And I predict they will lose the series.— Jack Martorana (@JAM735) May 26, 2013
Amazing how a two-goal lead changes a fan's mind about a series, despite a team being up 3-1 in the series.
Red Wings are still very much in this game, but they have to stop taking bad penalties and start taking advantage of their power plays.
The 'Hawks had just three goals in 25 power play tries coming into tonight's Game 5, but they struck for two goals in the second period to go 2-3 for the game.
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 1. Second intermission.
Blackhawks take advantage of their power play opportunities, scoring twice in the second period to give themselves a two-goal lead.
That's the largest Blackhawks' lead since Game 1.
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 1. 1:18 remaining second period.
Dave Bolland goes off for unsportsmanlike conduct as he punches Abdelkader after the whistle, returning the favor from earlier in the game.
Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 1. 4:13 remaining second period.
Justin Abdelkader continues to be undisciplined, taking a cross-checking penalty.
The Blackhawks take advantage as Jonathan Toews puts up his first goal of the playoffs on a nice snipe that hit Howard's mask and went right under the bar.
The Red Wings are losing their ability to kill penalties.
Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1. 6:52 remaining second period.
Blackhawks score on the power play after taking advantage on the power play. Pavel Datsyuk had broken his stick and the Red Wings couldn't get a clear for the first 90 seconds of the power play.
Big goal for the Blackhawks as they score with the power play.
Andrew Shaw gets credit for the tip on the Duncan Keith shot.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1. 8:21 remaining second period.
Drew Miller goes to the box here for tripping Jonathan Toews who goes heavily into the boards.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1. 10:23 remaining second period.
Dan Cleary scores from an impossible angle to tie the game at 1.
CLEARY!!! Danny Cleary slaps home a rebound to tie this game at 1! #GoWings— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) May 26, 2013
Cleary took a redirection from Brendan Smith and put a shot towards Crawford from a couple inches above the goal line on the left side. The puck hit Crawford's pad and popped up right under the bar.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 0. 12:12 remaining second period.
Pavel Datsyuk wakes everyone up as he strips the Chicago player of the puck and rings one off of the pipe.
At the other end of the rink, the Red Wings almost cough up the puck as the puck goes over Brendan Smith's stick and the Blackhawks almost get a 2-on-1. Puck came loose and some how the 'Hawks did not score.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 0. 13:50 remaining second period.
Jonathan Toews thought he had a goal, but the referee blew the play dead because the puck was frozen on the post. Toews and the 'Hawks fans, needless to say, disagree.
The Red Wings really missed out on that power play chance with Abdelkader deciding to take a selfish penalty after Bolland was already going.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 0. 15:00 remaining second period.
The Blackhawks are showing the Red Wings that they can shut down the neutral zone as well. That seemed to be the Red Wings' style of play through out Games 2-4 when they got a lead and the Blackhawks are giving them a taste of their own medicine.
Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith have been reunited as a defensive pairing in this game, as they start the second period on the ice.
This could either pay big dividends by reuniting the long-time defensive pairing or it could backfire as their second pairing isn't as strong now.
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