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NHL Playoffs: Grades for Night 28

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Bryan Bickell (right) and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Red Wings at their own game. (USATSI)
Bryan Bickell (right) and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Red Wings at their own game. (USATSI)

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B+Without a third-period surge in which the Blackhawks played their most desparate hockey of the postseason, the series could have been over. Neither team was asserting itself noticeably until the Blackhawks overwhelmed the Red Wings early in the third period and forced a Game 7 with a 4-3 victory.
C-The Red Wings lost a 3-1 series lead and now find themselves heading to Chicago for the decisive Game 7, mainly because they had their own game turned against them. Chicago was the more aggressive team in a period in which Detroit could have closed out the series by sticking to what has made it successful earlier in the series. There just wasn't enough aggressiveness from the Wings and too many mistakes to recover late.
ABryan Bickell scored Chicago's third goal and symbolized the style of play that helped the Blackhawks get back into the game. He made a good strong play at the net to get what was the go-ahead goal at the time and made himself matter in all 12-plus minutes on the ice.
BCorey Crawford let up a pretty soft goal to Joakim Andersson, but he made 35 saves in an elimination game, giving his team every opportunity to take the victory and force Game 7. Shaking off that bad goal was key to Chicago's success late in the game.
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