Western Conference Final: Chicago wins Game 3, pushes series to 2-1
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CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp scored 1:52 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory against Detroit last night, cutting the Red Wings' lead in the Western Conference final to 2-1.
Game 4 is scheduled for tomorrow, also at the United Center.
After a shot by Matt Walker, Chicago's Dustin Byfuglien scrapped for the puck in front of the net, and Samuel Pahlsson slid it across to Sharp, who scored his second goal of the game.
The Red Wings rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three goals in a 4:23 span late in the second period, an outburst that quieted a raucous crowd.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville made a goalie change at the start of the third period, with Cristobal Huet taking over for Nikolai Khabibulin.
Nicklas Lidstrom, who broke his stick on Chicago's winning rush, had a power-play goal, and Brian Rafalski and Jonathan Ericsson also scored for Detroit. It was the second game in a row that went into overtime. The Red Wings won Game 2 Tuesday in Detroit, 3-2.
The Red Wings played without star center Pavel Datsyuk, who had a sore foot after being hit with a puck in Game 2. The Blackhawks also were forced to go without a key player because winger Martin Havlat had to leave the game in the first period after a crushing hit from Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall knocked him to the ice.
nMike Keenan was fired after two seasons as coach of the Calgary Flames yesterday, nearly a month after his team lost in the first round of the playoffs for the second year in a row. Calgary finished the regular season with 46 wins and 98 points, but the Flames were ousted in six games by Chicago.
First Published May 23, 2009 2:42 am