DETROIT — The young Red Wings have made the mighty Blackhawks look vulnerable, beating them two straight times to gain an advantage in their last playoff matchup as Western Conference rivals.
Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period and Pavel Datsyuk restored a two-goal lead in the third to help Detroit beat Chicago 3-1 Monday night and take a 2-1 lead in the second-round series.
As good as the Wings have looked — scoring six straight goals — their hard-driving coach isn't ready to celebrate.
"We haven't done anything yet," Mike Babcock said.
That's an understatement. If the seventh-seeded Red Wings keep playing like they are, the top-seeded Blackhawks will have a long offseason to wonder what went wrong in a season that looked special.
"It takes something like this to slap you in the face, so to speak, to really understand what adversity is and how tough the playoffs can be," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "A lot of guys in this room have been in tough positions before in the playoffs and that's never stopped us. We know this is a long series and we're going to be fighting until the end."
Chicago's chances will improve if Toews can end his goal-scoring skid.
He doesn't have a goal in nine playoff games, dating to last year. He matched Patrick Kane with a team-high 23 goals in the 48-game, lockout-shortened season.
Toews had a game-high seven shots in Game 3, but Jimmy Howard and his backchecking, shot-blocking teammates responded.
"I'm not going to let it get the best of me," Toews said. "I know I'm doing good things. I'm very confident that it's going to come."
Kane scored 4:35 into the third period to pull Chicago within one. About a minute later, the Blackhawks celebrated as if they tied the score, but Andrew Shaw's goal was waved off because he was in the crease.
Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said he disagreed with the call that negated Shaw's tying score.
The Red Wings are slated for a move to the Eastern Conference under the league's realignment for next season.
Lundqvist ready: With the Rangers facing a 0-2 series deficit against the Bruins, this is no time for New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist to take a break — even if his left shoulder is hurting. Lundqvist practiced and said he will be in net for tonight's Game 3 of the East semifinals against the Bruins. He hurt his shoulder jumping on the rebound of a Daniel Paille deflection with 4:52 left in the third period of Sunday's 5-2 loss at Boston.
Ducks: Defenseman Francois Beauchemin had reconstructive surgery on a ligament in his right knee and hopes to return by the start of next season. Beauchemin played the past month with a torn ligament and the team said he had surgery Thursday, shortly after Anaheim was eliminated.
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First—None. Penalties—Andersson, Det (roughing), 10:54; Bickell, Chi (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:03; Shaw, Chi (roughing), 13:03; Quincey, Det (unsportsmanlike conduct), 13:03; Abdelkader, Det (holding stick), 16:12.
Second—1, Detroit, Nyquist 2 (Brunner, Andersson), 7:49. 2, Detroit, Miller 1 (Eaves, Emmerton), 8:20. Penalties—Br.Smith, Det (holding), :54; Br.Smith, Det (interference), 17:39.
Third—3, Chicago, Kane 2 (Keith), 4:35. 4, Detroit, Datsyuk 3 (Franzen, Br.Smith), 6:46. Penalties—Shaw, Chi (slashing), 1:53; Handzus, Chi (holding), 8:58; Keith, Chi (roughing), 14:09; Bickell, Chi (cross-checking), 19:00; Shaw, Chi, misconduct, 19:47. Shots on Goal—Chicago 15-8-17—40. Detroit 9-14-7—30. Power-play opportunities—Chicago 0 of 4; Detroit 0 of 5. Goalies—Chicago, Crawford 5-3-0 (30 shots-27 saves). Detroit, Howard 6-4-0 (40-39). A—20,066 (20,066). T—2:42.