Blackhawks Top Red Wings 4-1 in First Game of NHL Playoff Series

The Chicago Blackhawks scored three unanswered third-period goals to defeat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in the first game of their National Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series.

In tonight’s games, the New York Rangers open their Eastern Conference best-of-seven series at the Boston Bruins and the host Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their lead to 2-0 over the San Jose Sharks.

Marian Hossa scored midway through the first period last night for the Blackhawks and Johnny Oduya, Marcus Kruger and Patrick Sharp added three goals in a little more than 11 minutes of the final period at United Center in Chicago.

Damien Brunner scored the only goal for the Red Wings in the first period. Detroit visits Chicago for Game 2 on May 18.

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