Bryan Bickell scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to beat the host Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in Game 6 on Monday night, giving the NHL's top-seeded team a shot to advance to the Western Conference finals.
The Blackhawks, who trailed the second-round series, three games to one, began the third period down by one and were up by two goals midway through the period after an offensive flurry. They needed the cushion because Damien Brunner scored with 52 seconds left to pull Detroit within one.
The Red Wings pulled their goaltender but were unable to score.
The San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings have followed a familiar pattern for six games: The home team scores first on the way to the win.
After using that formula to force a decisive seventh game in their second-round series, the Sharks know they need to reverse the trend if they want to advance to the Western Conference finals for the third time in four years.
The teams play Tuesday in Los Angeles.