With a two-day break between games in Detroit during their Western Conference semifinal series against the Red Wings, the Blackhawks were scheduled to head to Chicago to sleep in their own beds after Game 3.
It was likely not their best night of slumber after the Hawks fell 3-1 to the Wings in Game 3 on Monday night and now trail the best-of-seven series 2-1 with Game 4 scheduled for Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.
Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Pavel Datsyuk scored to provide the offense and Jimmy Howard stifled the Hawks in goal for the Wings, who have strung together strong games to wrest control of the series.
Patrick Kane scored the Hawks’ goal, but it wasn’t enough. Twice during the Hawks’ historic regular season they dropped two games in a row in regulation. They now have matched that in the second round of the playoffs against their Original Six rivals and are facing their first real adversity of 2013.