Red Wings beat Blackhawks to take 3-1 series lead

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Jakub Kindl and Dan Cleary scored and Jimmy Howard was once again brilliant in net as the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinal. The Red Wings now lead the best-of-seven series 3-1

Howard was under fire all night and turned away shot after shot, finishing his stellar effort with 28 saves.  The Detroit defense also killed two penalties, limiting Chicago's scoring chances and frustrating the Blackhawks top stars.

Jonathan Toews, the Blackhawks captain, was penalized three times in the second period.  His second penalty resulted in a power play goal from Jakub Kindl, the game's first tally.  Kindl was assisted by Carlo Colaiacovo and Johan Franzen on his shot from the left point that caromed off the left post and past Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford.

Detroit's most impressive penalty-kill came in the final minutes of the game.

The Blackhawks were unable to score after Kindl was called for hooking with 4:45 to as Brandon Saad was skating unabated to the net.

Chicago pulled goalie Corey Crawford with just under two minutes to play and Dan Cleary scored an empty-net goal to make the final 2-0.

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