The Red Wings took at 2-1 series lead Monday night after a 3-1 win over the No. 1 seeded Chicago Blackhawks in a game that got very chippy late.
With just minutes remaining Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell began to lose their cool as Bickell took a cross checking minor that put his team down a guy while Shaw was sent to the showers early for instigating. And speaking of Bickell, his back and fourth with Dan Clearly was a pretty interesting talking point with Pierre McGuire immediately after the game.
The Wings got goals from Gustav Nyquist, Drew Miller and Pavel Datsyuk whose tally in this series was very reminiscent of his nasty shot in the first round in which Jonas Hiller never saw coming.
The Blackhawks’ lone goal came from Patrick Kane, his second of the series which cut the Wings’ lead in half 2-1 in the third. Chicago however thought they tied the game not long after Kane’s goal when Andrew Shaw put one past Jimmy Howard. The goal though was immediately waived off as the ref indicated Shaw was in the crease and interfering with Howard.
This obviously was a huge turning point in the game as it later enabled the Wings to ice the game with Datsyuk’s laser later on in the period.
Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville too thought as much as he disagreed with the officials’ on ice ruling.
“We hit the wall when they disallowed the goal,” Quenneville said. “I disagree with the call. [He] didn’t touch the goalie.”
Nonetheless Jimmy Howard made 39 saves as he was outstanding yet again between the pipes for the Wings who are now halfway to the Western Conference finals.