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Red Wings triumph to put Hawks in 1-3 hole

MARIAN Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals each on Sunday as the Detroit Red Wings overcame the absences of Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk to rout the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 and take a 3-1 lead in the National Hockey League Western Conference finals.

The defending Stanley Cup champions can clinch a return trip to the finals with a victory at home tomorrow.

The Red Wings played without six-time Norris Trophy winner Lidstrom, who was out with a lower body injury. Datsyuk missed his second straight game with a sore foot.

Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Detroit, and Chris Osgood made 18 saves in two periods. The Red Wings had three powerplay goals and one short-handed tally in Chicago.

Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet, making his first start of these playoffs in place of injured Nikolai Khabibulin, gave up four goals and was pulled in the second. Rookie Corey Crawford took over for the last 15:55 of the period, but Huet returned in the third and gave up Zetterberg's second powerplay goal that made it 6-1.

Jonathan Toews had Chicago's lone goal on a second-period powerplay.

Hossa scored a short-handed goal on a 2-on-1 break in the first and Franzen sent the Red Wings ahead 2-0 with only 20.7 seconds left in the period with a hard and high shot from the right side.

"I had to drive to the net more often, be more dangerous, be more physical. I told myself I just had to play more relaxed. Play with more instinct," Hossa said.

Filppula scored on a powerplay a little more than a minute into the second period for a 3-0 lead. Detroit went on the powerplay after Chicago's Matt Walker was assessed a roughing penalty following a scrum at the end of the first.

After Toews scored to cut it to 3-1, Hossa skated in 12 seconds later and beat Huet for his second goal, prompting coach Joel Quenneville to make the switch to Crawford.

Huet returned to start the third and Ty Conklin got some work taking over for Osgood.

"We've got a lot of history in these playoffs and we're learning as we go. This is obviously a huge hole that we haven't faced or seen yet," Quenneville said.


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