Red Wings Blank Blackhawks to Take 3-1 Series Lead

Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped all 28 shots he faced on Thursday night, leading the Red Wings to a 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. The victory gave the Wings a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinal series between the two teams.

Jakub Kindl‘s power play goal at 10:03 of the second period was the difference-maker. Kindl fired a low shot from the top of the right circle through a screen and past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to get the Red Wings on the board. It was the first power play goal the Blackhawks had allowed in the 2013 postseason.

After Detroit stifled a Chicago power play late in regulation to preserve their lead, Daniel Cleary added an empty-net goal with 39 seconds remaining to wrap up the scoring.

Each team finished the night with three power play attempts.

The series shifts back to Chicago for Game Five on Saturday, with the Red Wings looking to eliminate the Blackhawks and advance to the Western Conference Finals.

The game marked the first time the Blackhawks were shutout all season and their first three-game losing streak of the campaign.

Pregame: Blackhawks @ Red Wings – Game 4 – 5/23

The Detroit Red Wings carry a 2-1 series lead into tonight’s matchup as they host the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Four of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup.

The Wings can take a stranglehold on the series with a win while the ‘Hawks can regain home-ice advantage in the series with a split of the Detroit games.

Detroit will make no lineup changes but, looking to get some production out of their power play, will swap Daniel Cleary in for Gustav Nyquist on the second power play unit. Coach Mike Babcock says he’s looking for more of a grinding presence on the power play.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are undefeated (2-0) all-time on May 23. They last played on this day in 1996. In each of their May 23 games, Detroit has scored six goals.

Game time is 8:00 PM on NBCSN.

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