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Red Wings Soar Past Blackhawks 6-1 in Game 4

 

 

 

There comes a time when depth of talent and a wealth of experience become overwhelmingly strong for the team surviving on youthful energy and grit. The time came in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.

Even with Niklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk out with injuries, the Red Wings were able to assert their dominance throughout the entire game to win by a score of 6-1. The biggest difference in the game though was in the goaltending for both clubs. Chris Osgood completed another excellent game, while his stellar goaltending continues to go largely unnoticed. Meanwhile, Cristobal Huet was abused by the deep cast of potent Detroit scoring threats all game long, being briefly pulled from net in the process.



 

Marian Hossa opened up the scoring with a shorthanded goal nine minutes into the first period. The goal came on a 2-1 rush and set the tone for the game. The Blackhawks would be frustrated and mistake prone, and the Red Wings would be cool, collected and ready to pounce. With 20 seconds left in the first, Johan Franzen grabbed his 10 th of the postseason to raise the lead to 2-0.

The Red Wings scored just 70 seconds into the second period, this time on the power play. Hossa added an assist to a Valtteri Filppula goal to create a 3-0 advantage. Captain Jonathon Toews struck back two and a half minutes later on the Chicago power play, to decrease the lead to a more manageable 3-1. However, that would be extremely short lived.

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Directly after the ensuing face off, just 12 seconds later, Hossa grabbed his second of the game. Less than four minutes later, Henrik Zetterberg scored on another Detroit power play, this a 5-3 advantage, to create an insurmountable 5-1 advantage. Zetterberg added another power play goal, his 9 th of the postseason, midway through the final period for the final score of 6-1.

The Red Wings now holds a 3-1 series advantage, with game 5 being held back in Detroit on Wednesday evening.

 

 

By Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer

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