Blackhawks drop Game 3 3-1 – with highlights

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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.

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Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews is pushed against the boards by Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall during the first period of Game 3. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune)

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  • Kane88Dude

    This is unacceptable by any stretch of the imagination. The Blackhawks should not be down, 2-1, to anyone(least of all Detroit) in the post-season.

    These last two games just saw the Red Wings light up Corey Crawford for 7 goals.

    Isn't it time to give him a break and let Ray Emery start Game 4, at least? Emery has shown himself to be more than equal to the task at points during the regular season.

    The next game is on Thursday; time to get the Hawks amped up and ready to take on the Wings. Look at tapes of how Detroit adjusted themselves from Game 1 to this time; make the same adjustments as they did and give the Wings trouble.

    One more thing: that was indeed a goal. Shaw did not interfere with Jimmy Howard; he was pushed into him by another Detroit defender. The score shold have become 2-2 at that point. $#&@!! ref!

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