First the Red Wings continued to shutdown the Blackhawks then they finished it by shutting them out.
Thursday night Detroit took another step towards the Western Conference Finals defeating the President’s Trophy winning Blackhawks 2-0 in Game 4 from the Joe.
Jimmy Howard made 28 saves to earn his first shutout of these playoffs as Jakub Kindle scored the game winner with Dan Cleary icing it late for the Wings’ second goal. Kindl’s goal though not only was the game winner, it marked the first time during the playoffs that the Blackhawks would give up a power play goal.
But even beyond the power play goal and how Jimmy Howard has been playing… the Wings are simply into the heads of the Blackhawks, especially Jonathan Toews.
Despite scoring 23 goals in a shortened 2013 campaign, Toews is scoreless in nine postseason games and took three consecutive penalties Thursday night one of which resulted in the Kindl goal.
Plus, it’s not like Toews is contributing in other areas for the Blackhawks. The Wings have TOTALLY shut the Blackhawk captain down holding him to just one assist throughout the second round.
I still though hesitate to say that this series is over. Chicago is still a very good team and if any team can come back from a 3-1 deficit the Blackhawks can do it. The only problem though is this Wings team is playing at another level while the Hawks just aren’t the same team that garnered the best record during the regular season.