DETROIT – The Chicago Blackhawks extended their season for at least one more game, scoring three goals in the first half of the third period to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game 6 of their second-round series on Monday night.
Bryan Bickell had the go-ahead score early in the third and NHL’s top-seeded team earned a shot to advance to the Western Conference finals after trailing the second round-series 3-1 and beginning the third period of Game 6 down by a goal.
We’re doing the right things to score goals and we’re confident when we get those chances that they’re going to go in somehow, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said.
We’ve got that momentum, we want to keep it.
The Blackhawks began the third down by one and were up by two goals midway through the period after an offensive flurry. They needed the cushion because Damien Brunner scored with 52 seconds left to pull Detroit within one.
The Red Wings pulled their goaltender, but they were unable to score with the extra skater.
Detroit carried a 2-1 lead into the third but Michal Handzus tied it in the opening minute of the final period. Bickell scored about 5 minutes later. Michael Frolik’s backhander on a penalty shot at the 9:43 mark put the Blackhawks ahead 4-2 and silenced the once-raucous crowd.
The Blackhawks will have the fans on their side Wednesday night in Game 7 against seventh-seeded Detroit.
If I would’ve told Detroit and Michigan we would play in Chicago in Game 7, I think everybody would be excited about that, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. I love Game 7s.
We’ve got a chance to push them out of the playoffs. It should be a lot of fun.
Frolik became first player in league history to score two goals on penalty shots in the playoffs. He also did it two years ago against Vancouver.
I was kind of surprised that I was the first one in history, he said. It’s a little bit special.
Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 35 saves and Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots for the Red Wings.
The Blackhawks sent the series back to Detroit with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 on Saturday night, and then jumped in front on Marian Hossa’s goal in the first. But Patrick Eaves tied the game later in the period and Joakim Andersson put the Red Wings up 2-1 with a long wrister 10:11 into the second period.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville made the first tactical move by starting Toews and taking him off the ice soon after the puck dropped to get him away from Henrik Zetterberg.
When the Blackhawks went ahead 1-0 on a power play, both captains were on the ice.
Toews won the first faceoff against Zetterberg after the penalty was called, and ended up with an assist on Hossa’s goalmouth scramble 3:53 into the game.
Eaves, who revived his career during the lockout-delayed season after having a concussion, scored for the first time this postseason off a rebound 18:51 into the first.