The Detroit Red Wings rallied from down 1-0 heading into the third period on Wednesday but couldn’t stop the Chicago Blackhawks, dropping Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the teams in overtime.
Brent Seabrook gave the Blackhawks a 2-1 win at 3:35 of the extra period. After Dave Bolland crushed Gustav Nyquist into the boards in the neutral zone he worked the puck to Seabrook to gain the Detroit zone and step into the high slot. Seabrook snapped a shot that deflected off defenseman Niklas Kronwall and fluttered past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
Chicago thought they had taken a lead with 1:49 remaining in regulation when Niklas Hjalmarsson snapped a similar shot past Howard but the play occurred as referee Stephen Walkom called coincidental roughing minors on Kyle Quincey and Brandon Saad, negating the apparent goal.
After a scoreless first period, the Blackhawks got on the board at 1:08 of the second. As the Red Wings got caught on a line change, Hjalmarsson sprung Michal Hanzus, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp on a three-on-one. Sharp sent it to Handzus who worked it on to Hossa and back to Sharp to put past the sprawling Howard for a 1-0 lead.
Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg tied things back up just 26 seconds into the third. Gustav Nyquist faked a shot from the left faceoff circle on a quick rush and drew the Chicago defense to him before passing across to Zetterberg all alone for a wrister past Blackhawks netminder Corey Crawford.
With the loss, the Red Wings failed to finish off the Blackhawks after taking a 3-1 series lead.
No power play goals were scored on the night. Chicago had four chances with the extra attacker to Detroit’s two.
Howard made 33 saves on 35 shots against. Crawford stopped 26 of 27 chances.
Detroit forward Valtteri Filppula left the game early in the first period after an apparent slew-foot by Chicago’s Andrew Shaw during a scrum in front of the Red Wings’ bench.