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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 3:05 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Hawks now play waiting game in Chicago

The end has come and the Blackhawks need help.
 
Detroit edged them 4-3 here at United Center, taking Chicago's playoff fate out of its own hands. NOw it's up to Dallas.
 
If the Stars beat the Wild tonight in regulation or overtime they will clinch the eighth seed in the playoffs. If that game goes to a shootout or if the Wild beat the Stars, the Blackhawks will clinch.
 
All the Hawks can do now is watch.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 2:56 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Time running out

The Blackhawks remain down a goal but are going on the power play with 2:58 to play in the third period. Jonathan Ericsson hauled down Jonathan Toews behind the Wings goal and is off for holding.
 
The Blackhawks are 0-for-2 on the power play today with only one shot on goal.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 2:48 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Hawks not done yet

Make that 4-3. Life for the Hawks.
 
Jonathan Toews won the in-zone faceoff and after a battle in front, Duncan Keith swooped in and with his backhand roofed a shot over Howard to send the United Center crowd into hysterics once again with 8:38 to play. Patrick Sharp was in front and the puck got there off a shot by Marian Hossa. Sharp got credit for the primary assist, so clearly he must have touched the puck before Keith.
 
The Blackhawks obviously can't continue to trade chances and goals with the Red Wings anymore. They need to outscore the Wings in the final 8 minutes in order to clinch a playoff berth.
 
A trip to overtime would be good enough for them.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 2:39 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Pressure building on Chicago

Zone time is a killer. The Red Wings keep it in better than most and the Blackhawks just found out the hard way.
 
Brian Rafalski kept the puck in at the right point, fed it into the slot to Todd Bertuzzi, who slotted it over to Danny Cleary for a one-timer that beat Crawford. The Red Wings are back up 4-2 with 11:16 to play in regulation now.
 
The building had some serious jump after Seabrook scored to make it 3-2. The Blackhawks had some jump, too, as they kept the pressure on. However, the Red Wings had a great counterattack and with that in-zone time they were able to deal the Hawks playoff chances a serious blow.
 
The Blackhawks are barely 11 minutes away from needing Minnesota to do something good against Dallas tonight.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 2:09 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Wings lead after second

The Blackhawks are potentially 20 minutes away from needing help to get into the playoffs.
 
Detroit leads 2-1 after two periods on goals by Holmstrom and Datsyuk. Frolik got the goal for the Hawks, but Chicago could not answer the back-to-back goals by the Red Wings' veteran forwards.
 
Chicago got a break with 1:01 left in the period when it appeared that Duncan Keith got his stick up in Johan Franzen's face, causing the Swede to bleed from an area right above his nose. Had Keith been called for a high stick it would have been a double minor because of the blood, but the ref kept his whistle in his pocket.
 
The buzz in the building has turned into nerves. There is tension. It's pretty palpable now.
 
If the Blackhawks lose they will need Minnesota to at least take Dallas into a shootout tonight. That's not a scenario anybody here wants to discuss just yet.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 1:47 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Wings go up 2-1

Detroit was not at all bothered by the Frolik goal. It came right back and scored two in a matter of 62 seconds to take a 2-1 lead into a television timeout with 10:54 to play in the second period.
 
Tomas Holmstrom and Pavel Datsyuk did the scoring for the Wings.
 
Holmstrom scored on a short-side slapper from the left circle after he collected a loose puck near the blue line on the left wing side. Blackhawks forward Viktor Stalberg rimmed the puck behind the Wings' goal and it just carried all the way up the boards to Holmstrom. The goal was unassisted.
 
Datsyuk scored with only one glove on his hand. Bryan Bickell knocked one of his gloves off but Dan Cleary, while falling down in the slot, was still able to chip a pass over to Datsyuk in the right circle and he ripped a shot past Corey Crawford at the 7:58 mark.
 
Datsyuk clearly was not expecting the puck to come to him, but he is one of the best reactionary players in the game so it's no surprise his instincts allowed him to find it, shoot and score.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 1:39 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Frolik puts Hawks up 1-0

Patrick Kane pulled off his best Pavel Datsyuk impression to set the Blackhawks up for the first goal of the game.
 
Kane curled around the Red Wings net and stripped the puck from Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart in the corner. Stuart fell to the ice and Kane got control of the puck, waited and found Michael Frolik in the high slot. Frolik wasted no time ripping a shot past Jimmy Howard's glove and into the net 5:18 into the second period to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 1:20 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Blackhawks, Red Wings scoreless after 1st

Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford are doing their jobs so far as the two goalies have combined for 20 saves, including 10 each, to keep the pivotal game between the Hawks and Wings scoreless after 20 minutes.
 
The Blackhawks had two power play opportunities but failed to get a shot on goal on either. Their second opportunity, which came when Jonathan Ericsson was called for holding Jonathan Toews at 15:23, was much better than their first but it still didn't have any net results.
 
Hawks forward Jake Dowell, who had arguably the best scoring chance of the game, finished with a period-high four shots on goal.
 
Neither team looked tight, which is a good sign, especially with the playoffs starting next week. The Blackhawks have just about everything at stake here so for them to come out and get the jump on the Wings early, not by scoring but with chances and some solid skating, is also a good sign for them.
 
The United Center crowd, as I've already documented, is very much into this one. They're usually one of the best home crowds in the League, but they've ramped it up today despite the 11:30 a.m. local start time.
 
On a different, more personal note, kudos to the Blackhawks public relations department for stepping up their game today with the omelette station complete with hash browns, french toast and crispy bacon up here in the press box.
 
Now that's a way to treat your media.
 
On to the second period.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 1:07 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Howard keeps game tied early

The fans closest to the goal thought it was in, but Jimmy Howard knew he had the puck under his toe. Jake Dowell tried to poke the puck over the line twice with just over seven minutes left, but the Wings goalie kept his leg flat on the ice and came up with a huge toe save to keep the game scoreless.
 
There are just under six minutes left in the first period now. The Blackhawks are outshooting the Red Wings 9-8 and Howard has had to make some pretty sparkling stops to keep it scoreless, but Corey Crawford also had to come up with a dazzler.
 
Tomas Holmstrom set up Johan Franzen in front for a one-timer from the low slot, but Crawford got back in position in time to make what appeared to be a pad save in his butterfly on Franzen with roughly 10 minutes left in the period.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 12:54 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Red Wings-Blackhawks: A Live Blog

Still scoreless at first TV timeout

There is 13:11 left in the first period and the Wings and Hawks remain scoreless, though Chicago has had the better of the chances.
 
Jimmy Howard has made two sharp right leg pad saves, the first on Nick Leddy 1:40 into the game and the second on a blast by Duncan Keith at the 4:10 mark.
 
Chicago failed on its first power play attempt. It didn't even get a shot on goal as the Wings had a clear kill with Tomas Holmstrom in the box for a delay of game at 1:44.
 
Jonathan Toews, who is centering a line with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa, has stayed on late after two shifts and created chances with Patrick Kane each time. Kane is skating with Michael Frolik and rookie Ben Smith.
 
The crowd is really into it here, as to be expected. At the end of the TV timeout they showed Mr. T himself on the big videoboard and they went nuts for him. Mr. T. (B.A. to you A-Team fans) is wearing a Blackhawks jersey.
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