Detroit flattens Chicago
Red Wings push 'Hawks to brink
CHICAGO - Marian Hossa's shorthanded goal got the shorthanded Red Wings started yesterday.
And once they got rolling, the defending champions overpowered the frustrated Chicago Blackhawks and moved within one win of a return trip to the Stanley Cup finals.
With injured stars Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk sidelined, Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg had two goals each, sending the Red Wings to a convincing 6-1 victory and a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.
"We heard this morning during the pregame meal [Lidstrom] was not playing. We just had to deal with it," Zetterberg said.
Game 5 is Wednesday in Detroit, where the Red Wings opened this series with two wins.
Detroit took advantage of backup goalie Cristobal Huet, who made his first start of these playoffs in place of Nikolai Khabibulin (lower body injury). Huet gave up four goals and was pulled in the second period but returned in the third and allowed Zetterberg's second power-play goal, making it 6-1.
Hossa's shorthanded goal on a two-on-one break gave the Red Wings the early lead and they added three power-play goals as Chicago wore out the door to the penalty box.
"We tried to keep our poise. We knew they were coming," Zetterberg said.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was fuming over a call against Blackhawks defenseman Matt Walker for roughing during a scrum as the first period ended.
Leading, 2-0, the Red Wings went on a power play to start the second, and Valtteri Filppula scored just 1:13 in for a three-goal Detroit lead.
"I think we witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports there," Quenneville said.
Six-time Norris Trophy winner Lidstrom was scratched due to a lower body injury. Datsyuk missed his second straight game because of a sore foot.