Blackhawks take Game 1 4-1 – with highlights
After this year, if and when the Blackhawks and Red Wings meet in the post season, the Stanley Cup will be on the line. As for now, it was merely a Western Conference semifinal matchup, with third-period scores from Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger and Patrick Sharp breaking things open for a 4-1 Blackhawks win and a 1-0 series lead.
A Marian Hossa power-play score followed by a Damien Brunner rebound blast less than two minutes later in the first period made it a 1-1 game, and that score held up well into the third period.
A forecheck by Patrick Kane got the puck trickling to Patrick Sharp, who fed a wide-open Oduya in the slot. The Hawks defenseman walked in and rifled a shot past Jimmy Howard that nicked the iron before crossing in for the 2-1 lead at the 8:02 mark.
Not long after, the Hawks’ fourth line provided some breathing room. Daniel Carcillo chased down a puck that was stuck in the goal netting and then poked it into the crease, where a scrum ensued. Kruger stood by as it trickled out and then flipped a backhander past Howard for a 3-1 lead at 11:23.
Sharp then netted an empty-net score at the 19:11 mark for the clincher.
Game 2 is Saturday afternoon.