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NHL West Semifinals Game 1 - Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1

10:07 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks center Michal Handzus (26) during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center.(Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports)
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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Johnny Oduya's go-ahead goal just over eight minutes into the third sparked a three-goal final frame that vaulted the Chicago Blackhawks to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of this Western Conference semifinal series from United Center.

Patrick Sharp posted a goal and two assists, while Marcus Kruger and Marian Hossa each scored once for the Presidents' Trophy winning Blackhawks, who have won eight straight against the Red Wings, including all four meetings during the regular season.

Corey Crawford stopped 20-of-21 shots for Chicago, which disposed of the Minnesota Wild in five games in the first round.

Damien Brunner recorded the lone Detroit goal, while Jimmy Howard posted 38 saves for the seventh-seeded Red Wings, who upset the Pacific Division champion Anaheim Ducks in seven games to advance.


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