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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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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 12:36 PM

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

Pregame sets the tone

As soon as the lights went off and the Blackhawks opening video montage, complete with the fantastic stitching of the Blackhawks' logo, started blaring through the arena the crowd stood up and started roaring.

Yeah, this isn't just your average regular season game.

The fans got quiet as they watched the video, as they always do, but when the Hawks came streaming onto the ice one by one with Metalica's "Enter Sandman" blasting through the arena the place absolutely erupted. They went nuts for Corey Crawford and the rest of the Hawks starting lineup, including Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brian Campbell, Jake Dowell, Fernando Pisani and Byran Bickell.
 
The soldout crowd got louder and louder as anthem singer Jim Cornelison performed the National Anthem in front of the scorer's table.

There are very few venues in North America that get amped up for an anthem like United Center does for a Blackhawks game.

It's time to drop the puck. The crowd is ready. Are the Wings and Hawks?

Let's find out.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 12:17 PM

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

Howard vs. Crawford

As expected, Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard is getting the start today opposite Corey Crawford, who will be making his 27th straight start for the Blackhawks.

Howard was victimized three times on six shots in the first 8:45 of Friday's game in Detroit, but he also made some dazzling saves to keep the deficit somewhat manageable.
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Posted On Sunday, 04.10.2011 / 11:59 AM

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

Feel the buzz

As the building fills up, the big videoboard above center ice is showing the Blackhawks playing their customary soccer game, a new time-honored tradition that goes on outside of nearly every dressing room in the NHL.

Every media member here spent the morning trying to figure out all the possible clinching scenarios for the Blackhawks and where they could wind up playing. I was just in a conversation with two members of the Chicago Tribune and a Blackhawks' PR member discussing the merits of Anaheim, where the Hawks will be headed if they are able to beat the Wings today.

Of course, we were all putting the proverbial cart before the horse. The Red Wings will have their say against the Blackhawks today and could decide who they play in the first round of the playoffs, either Phoenix or Nashville.

If Detroit wins the Predators will be coming to Hockeytown this week. If the Blackhawks win, the Coyotes come to Joe Louis Arena.

Chicago could end up as high as fifth or as low as ninth at the end of the day.

"There are four scenarios," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said this morning. "The fourth one is not a good one. So, let's take care of business."

So much on the line here at United Center this afternoon.

The scoreboard clock reads under 20 minutes now, so the teams should be on the ice for warmups soon. Fans are lining along the glass to try to get a glimpse of their favorite players. There is a buzz.

"Anything can happen," Quenneville added. "We still control our own destiny. We're still trying to get to where we want to get to. We'll know at the end of the day."
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Posted On Saturday, 04.09.2011 / 2:46 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Devils-Rangers: A live-blog

Rangers reclaim eighth with 5-2 victory

The Rangers did everything they could Saturday afternoon to get themselves into the postseason. Now they have to hope for a little help.

Chris Drury scored his first goal of the season in his first game in more than two months, and Ryan McDonagh scored the winner as the Rangers took care of business by beating the New Jersey Devils 5-2 at Madison Square Garden.

It's now up to the Tampa Bay Lightning to the beat the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night. If the Hurricanes win, they will get the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot while the Rangers will be left out for the second season in a row.

Vinny Prospal put the icing on the cake by converting a 2-on-1 pass from Artem Anisimov at 10:49 of the third period.
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Posted On Saturday, 04.09.2011 / 2:05 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Devils-Rangers: A live-blog

After two periods: Rangers take 4-2 lead

It didn't take long for the Rangers to tie it in the second period. Wojtek Wolski beat Brodeur during a 2-on-1 with a quick, accurate shot to the stick side at 1:52.

Ryan McDonagh's first NHL goal gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead with 8:01 remaining in the second. The rookie defenseman skated down from the blue line, corralled a pass from Vinny Prospal from behind the net and whipped a wrister over Brodeur's catching glove.

Brandon Prust made it 4-2 with 3:54 left in the second period when he banged home a big rebound off a Brandon Dubinsky shot. The puck slid on under Brodeur, who had allowed four goals on 15 shots to that point.

Shots were 11-10 Devils in the third period.

Should the score hold, the Hurricanes will have to beat the Lightning to reach the postseason. They can win in regulation, overtime or shootout. It doesn't matter how they do it.

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