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Blackhawks Defeat Red Wings 4-3 to Force Game 7 in NHL Playoff

The Chicago Blackhawks scored three goals without reply in the final period to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 and force a seventh game in their National Hockey League playoff series.

The winner of tomorrow’s decider in Chicago will play the Los Angeles Kings or the San Jose Sharks for a place in the Stanley Cup final. The Kings, who won the Stanley Cup last year, host the Sharks in Game 7 tonight with their Western Conference series tied at 3-3.

The Boston Bruins and the Pittsburgh Penguins will meet in the Eastern Conference finals.

Last night’s win was the 79th in the playoffs for Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, breaking a tie with Detroit’s Mike Babcock for the most by an active NHL coach.

Marian Hossa gave the Blackhawks the lead on a power play after three minutes, 53 seconds at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Patrick Eaves tied it with 1:09 to play in the first period.

The Red Wings moved into a 2-1 lead midway through the second period on a goal by Joakim Andersson.

The Blackhawks, who trailed three games to one in the series, then scored three times to start the final 20 minutes and take control. Michal Handzus tied it 51 seconds into the third, Bryan Bickell gave Chicago the lead after 5:48 and Michael Frolik made it 4-2 four minutes later.

The Red Wings completed the scoring through Damien Brunner 52 seconds from the end.

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