Red Wings win away from finishing off Blackhawks

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brendan Smith takes a shot from Chicago Blackhawks centre Michal...

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Brendan Smith takes a shot from Chicago Blackhawks centre Michal Handzus during Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference semifinal in Detroit, May 23, 2013. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:31 AM ET

DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings had the upper hand. Now they have the Chicago Blackhawks by the throat.

With an opportunity to take a stranglehold in their NHL Western Conference semifinal, the Red Wings frustrated the Blackhawks on their way to a 2-0 victory and a 3-1 series lead Thursday.

The victory has the Red Wings on the verge of eliminating the Presidents’ Trophy winners with Game 5 of the series taking place Saturday in Chicago.

“The series is not over yet,” said Jakub Kindl, who scored the opening goal of the contest midway through the second period. “We’re happy with the two games we played here, but we know they’re not going to give up, they’re a great team. We know we have a hard game to play against them in their building, their building is going to be pumping.

“The series is definitely not over and we’re going to try and play the same way we did in the last two games here, be on our toes, be tighter in the neutral zone.”

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was outstanding in the victory, turning way 28 shots to record his second career playoff shutout. It was the first time this season the Blackhawks had been shutout.


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