May 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) is defend by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith (2), goalie Corey Crawford (50), and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4) in the first period in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Highlights – 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: Game 3 – Detroit Red Wings vs Chicago Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings took a 2-1 series lead last night after beating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1.

Jimmy Howard was a game changer for the Red Wings, he had 39 saves on 40 shots and was stellar in net.

The best part of the win was that depth that the Red Wings shined brightly. Their first two goals came from their 3rd and 4th line pressuring and over powering the Blackhawks’ lines. Pavel Datsyuk put the dagger into Chicago with a gorgeous wrister, which brought back shades of the goal he scored on Jonas Hiller in the 1st round.

The Red Wings penalty kill was fantastic last night against the Hawks. The addition of Drew Miller seems to have had a great effect on the crew and he helped kill a big penalty in the 2nd period.

Drew Miller and Jonathan Ericsson were on the ice for 3 minutes and 15 seconds and worked their tail off the entire time.

We found a new player on Chicago to focus our hate on, Andrew Shaw. He hit Brendan Smith in the head and in the last couple minute of the 3rd he was out of control.

The refs had to throw him out of the game at the end of the 3rd because he was not playing hockey, he was looking to hurt someone.

The Red Wings have two days off before they face-off against the Blackhawks again for game four on Thursday, May 23rd at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. For the full schedule visit our Playoff Schedule Page.

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