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Rapid Reaction: Red Wings 2, Blackhawks 0

5/24/2013

DETROIT -- Here's a quick look at the Detroit Red Wings' 2-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of their Western Conference semifinal series Thursday at Joe Louis Arena:

How it happened: The Red Wings continued to thwart the Blackhawks' offense. The Blackhawks were shut out for the first time all season, and they've been held to just two goals over the past nine periods. The Red Wings scored the game-winning goal when Jakub Kindl beat Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford from the left circle on a power play at 10:01 of the second period. It was the Red Wings' first power-play goal of the series and the first one the Blackhawks had allowed in 31 chances in the playoffs. The Red Wings added an empty-net goal by Daniel Cleary in the game's final minute. The Blackhawks' power play continued to struggle, going 0-for-3 on the night. Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was held without a goal for the ninth consecutive playoff game, and he was called for three penalties in the loss. Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made 28 saves in the win, and Crawford stopped 25 of 26 shots in the loss.

What it means: The Red Wings are one step away from eliminating the Presidents' Trophy winners. The Red Wings went up 3-1 in the series with Thursday's victory. According to NHL.com, only 20 of 229 teams, 8.7 percent, have come back to win a series after trailing 3-1. The Blackhawks' lack of offense has been the story of the series. The Blackhawks were second in goals with a 3.10 per-game average during the regular season and averaged 3.40 goals per game during their first-round series. They've scored five goals in four games against the Red Wings. Thursday's loss also marked the first time all season the Blackhawks lost three consecutive games.

Player of the game: Howard was dominant again in net. The Blackhawks had their share of quality chances Thursday. He recorded his second career playoff shutout. His previous one came in the 2010 playoffs.

What's next: The Red Wings have a chance to close out the series in the Blackhawks' house. Game 5 will be at the United Center at 7 p.m. CT Saturday.