Red Wings' third line gets it done against Blackhawks

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews...

Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes a save on Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews during Game 3 of the NHL Western Conference semifinal in Detroit, May 20, 2013. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 PM ET

DETROIT - When Mike Babcock talked about the development of his team this season, the Detroit Red Wings coach credited the evolution of his third line for turning their fortunes around.

Monday, it was evident how far the Red Wings’ third line had come in their 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

Rookie Gustav Nyquist scored the opening goal and Drew Miller added another as the Red Wings bottom two lines out-played the Blackhawks third and fourth units en route to the win.

With the top two lines canceling each other out through the first 40 minutes of the contest, the goals proved to be the difference as the Red Wings took a 2-1 series lead with Game 4 scheduled for Thursday night in Detroit.


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