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 the host Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-1, Monday night to take a two-games-to-one lead in the second-round series.
Patrick Kane scored 4 minutes, 35 seconds into the third period to pull Chicago within one. The Blackhawks celebrated as if they tied the game about a minute later, but Andrew Shaw's goal was waved off because he was in the crease.
Datsyuk's goal 6:46 into the final period gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead.
The seventh-seeded Red Wings have a shot to put the top-seeded Blackhawks on the brink of elimination Thursday night in Game 4.
Greening is Sens' hero
Colin Greening wore six stitches on his left cheek, and a wide smile, after Ottawa's double overtime playoff victory against visiting Pittsburgh.
Greening ended the longest game of this year's postseason with a backhander off a rebound 7 minutes, 39 seconds into the second OT, and the Senators' 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins cut their series deficit to t2-1 on Sunday night.
Daniel Alfredsson got Ottawa even 1-1 by scoring a short-handed goal with 29 seconds left in regulation just after the Senators pulled goalie Craig Anderson for an extra skater.
"We were just calm," Anderson said of the Senators' mood heading into overtime. "We had tied it up. We had momentum. We felt like the fans really rallied behind us.
"Going into overtime, we knew we just had to build off the momentum and keep the pressure on."
Actually, both teams provided lots of pressure in a scintillating 271/2 minutes of extra time before Greening won it.
Greening needed six stitches to close a gash on his left cheek after taking a wayward stick to the face early in the game. The euphoria of his goal was still settling in even as the Senators' medical staffers were picking tiny bits of fiberglass out of his face.
"You get a lot of adrenaline going through your body, but they were just small pieces," Greening said. "Like I said, the big pieces were all taken out."
Anderson made 49 saves, including 18 after regulation. Tomas Vokoun stopped 46 shots for Pittsburgh and took his first loss (4-1) since taking over for No. 1 Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series will be in Ottawa on Wednesday.
"Whether you win or lose, you always turn the page quickly and concentrate on the next one," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said.
- Associated Press