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Bryan Bickell reacts after putting Chicago up 1-0 in the first period.
While big-name Blackhawks Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Marian Hossa and Brent Seabrook all recorded at least one point in the 4-1 victory, Chicago benefited immensely from role-players and grinders bringing needed intensity and life from the first puck drop.
You'd be hard pressed to find a Blackhawk more maligned in the first four games of the series than Andrew Shaw. The 21-year-old completely turned around his play on Saturday night, netting a pair of goals including the game-winner and playing smart, aggressive hockey.
Shaw also goaded Carlo Colaiacovo into taking a hooking penalty against him late in the first period by getting to the net. He was later rewarded for doing the same thing when he redirected a Duncan Keith slap shot past Wings net minder Jimmy Howard in the second period on the power play.
Bryan Bickell was perhaps the most physical Blackhawk of the night, winning races in the offensive zone and constantly ramming into Red Wings. He laid a huge hit on Niklas Kronwall late in the third to take the Wings' defenseman out of the game. Bickell also added the Hawks' first goal of the game by driving hard to the net and cashing in on a Patrick Kane rebound.
Dave Bolland was held off the score sheet but used his wit to goad Justin Abdelkader into drawing a penalty after it appeared Bolland would be heading to the box alone for tripping Pavel Datsyuk early in the second period.
Michael Handzus took the opening draw of the game for Chicago and established a physical tone early with a sense of urgency, as well as a few big hits. He led the Blackhawks on the night with four.