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Blackhawks force Game 7 with 4-3 victory over Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard  REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Detroit, MI (1660 The Fan) -- Hopefully the third chance for the Red Wings is the charm to eliminate the Blackhawks. If not it will be the Red Wings whose season comes to a halt.

With the opportunity to send one of their biggest rivals packing for the summer, the Red Wings allowed three goals in the third period and the Blackhawks escaped Game 6 with a 4-2 victory forcing a Game 7 on Wednesday back on their home ice.

Chicago scored the opening goal from former Red Wing Marian Hossa just 3:53 into the first period on the power play before the Wings responded with consecutive goals from Patrick Eaves and Joakim Andersson to take a 2-1 lead. Drew Miller and Brendan Smith assisted on Eaves goal with 69 seconds left in the first period and Jakub Kindle got the lone assist on Andersson’s first career playoff goal at the 10:11 mark of the second period.

The third period however was all Chicago.

Michal Handzus tallied his first goal of the post season 51 seconds into the third to tie the game and then Bryan Bickell put Chicago ahead for good five minutes later with his fifth goal during the playoffs. Michael Frolik scored the fourth and final goal for the Blackhawks on a penalty shot after Carlo Colaiacovo for slashed on Frolik on a breakaway.

Damian Brunner cut the deficit to one goal at 4-3 with 51.7 seconds left but the Red Wings were unable to add in a final goal after pulling Jimmy Howard for the extra skater.

Howard made 24 saves and Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped 35 of 38 Red Wing shots.

Game 7 is on Wednesday back in Chicago at 8pm.