Red Wings beat Blackhawks 3-1 in Game 3, lead series 2-1

Detroit Red Wings lead series 2-1 after beating Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3

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DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Monday night in Game 3, giving Detroit a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Semifinal series.

The teams came out physical in the 1st period and exchanged quality scoring chances. Goalies Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford stood strong in the opening period.

They went into the 1st intermission tied 0-0.

View: Game 3 boxscore

Detroit's Gustav Nyquist made it 1-0 about 8 minutes into the 2nd period. He skated quickly into the Blackhawks' zone with one man and the goalie to beat. His patience allowed him to lift it past a sprawling Crawford.

Just 31 seconds later, Drew Miller made it 2-0 when he willed a rebound by Crawford. Patrick Eaves got the assist. Detroit was all over the Blackhawks who couldn't get control of the puck.

By the end of 40 minutes the Red Wings and Blackhawks both had 23 shots on net, but Detroit held on to a 2-0 lead.

Chicago finally got on the scoreboard when Patrick Kane broke loose with speed up ice and slid one through Howard to make it 2-1 in the 3rd period. Andrew Shaw appeared to have tied the game moments later but the goal was waved off due to Shaw's disputed contact with goalie Howard in the crease. The Red Wings seemingly got a break and maintained a 2-1 lead.

Then, Pavel Datsyuk made it 3-1 with a wrist shot he ripped top shelf, beating a stunned Crawford.

The Blackhawks pulled Crawford for an extra attacker as they trailed 3-1 with just less than 2 minutes remaining in the 3rd period. But it wasn't enough. The Red Wings held on to the lead.

Game 4 is Thursday night in Detroit.

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