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Red Wings Defeat Blackhawks for 2-1 Lead in NHL Playoff Series

The Detroit Red Wings scored a pair of goals 31 seconds apart to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 in Game 3 of their National Hockey League playoff series.

The Red Wings won their second straight game to take a two-games-to-one lead over the Blackhawks, the top seed in the Western Conference. Gustav Nyquist scored the game’s first goal 7 minutes, 49 seconds into the second period last night and Drew Miller followed with his first goal of the postseason to put the seventh-seeded Red Wings ahead 2-0 in Detroit.

The Blackhawks pulled within 2-1 on Patrick Kane’s goal 4:35 into the third period, and had a potential tying goal waved off 67 seconds later because Chicago center Andrew Shaw was ruled to be in the crease.

Pavel Datsyuk then scored the Red Wings’ third goal at the 6:46 mark, helping send the Blackhawks to consecutive losses in regulation for the third time this season.

“Datsyuk’s goal was the turning point,” Red Wings forward Daniel Cleary said in a televised interview. “That was a backbreaker for them.”

The Red Wings will also host Game 4 in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal on May 23.

San Jose hosts the Stanley Cup-champion Los Angeles Kings today in the other West semifinal, with the Sharks trailing 2-1 in the series. The New York Rangers are home to the Boston Bruins tonight after losing the first two games of their Eastern Conference series on the road.

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