(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks will try to regain the lead in the
Western Conference semifinals when they visit the Detroit Red Wings for
Monday's Game 3 battle at Joe Louis Arena.
The top-seeded Blackhawks earned a 4-1 victory in the opener of this best-of-
seven series on Wednesday, but Detroit came back and won Game 2 in Chicago by
the same score.
Detroit fell behind 1-0 in Saturday's Game 2 but notched four unanswered
goals over the second and third periods to even the series at 1-1 before it
shifted to the Motor City.
Brendan Smith netted the game-winning goal for the seventh-seeded Red Wings
late in the second period. Damien Brunner, Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula
also lit the lamp for the Red Wings.
Henrik Zetterberg posted two assists and Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots for the
"Now we're freshened up a bit. This series is on," noted Wings head coach Mike
Patrick Kane registered the lone goal in the loss and Corey Crawford made 26
saves for the Blackhawks, who saw their eight-game win streak against Detroit
ended. It marked the Red Wings' first win over Chicago since Jan. 14, 2012.
"Across the board, we should all assume some responsibility. We have to be way
better than that," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville when asked if he
placed any blame for the loss on Crawford.
Detroit was 13-7-4 as the host during the regular season and posted a 2-1
record in its opening-round win over second-seeded Anaheim. The Red Wings
ousted the Ducks in seven games to head back to the second round after losing
to Nashville in the conference quarterfinals last spring.
Chicago, meanwhile, was 18-4-2 on the road this season and split two games in
Minnesota in the first round. The Blackhawks beat the Wild in five games to
earn their first trip to the conference semifinals since winning the Stanley
Cup in 2010.
"We know going into their building it's going to be even more difficult than
it was today. We'll turn the page," said Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews
about heading to Detroit to continue the series.
Detroit welcomed back forward Drew Miller to the lineup in Game 2 for the
first time since breaking a bone in his right hand on April 20. However,
fellow forward Mikael Samuelsson suffered an undisclosed injury in practice on
Tuesday and has sat out the first two games of this series. He is questionable
for Monday's contest.
These Central Division and Original Six foes also have met 15 times in the
playoffs and Chicago has taken eight of those series. However, Detroit has
claimed the last two postseason encounters, including a five-game series win
when the franchise's last met in the playoffs in the 2009 Western Conference
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