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CHICAGO -- On the brink of elimination after three straight losses, everything came together for the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Andrew Shaw scored twice, the Hawks tallied a pair of goals on the power play and Jonathan Toews scored his first goal of the postseason as Chicago won 4-1 to stay alive in the best-of-seven series.

Chicago still trails Detroit 3-2, with Game 6 in Detroit on Monday.

Chicago, which had been outscored 9-2 in the last three games of the series -- all losses -- turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 edge in the second period to seal the deal.

The big key: After managing just one power-play goal in the first four games of the series, the Blackhawks finally sank their second man-advantage tally at 13:08 of the second period with what proved to be the winning goal.

Duncan Keith let fly with a slap shot from near the blue line, and Shaw redirected the shot into the net past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. It was Shaw's second goal of the playoffs.

Less than 2 1/2 minutes later, Chicago got another great opportunity on the power play when Detroit tough guy Justin Abdelkader was sent to the penalty box for crosschecking.

It took the Blackhawks all of 12 seconds to cash in on the man-advantage, as Toews scored his first goal of the postseason, sending a slap shot over Howard's left shoulder and into the net for an insurance score as Chicago went ahead 3-1 at 15:47.

Shaw added his second goal of the game at 6:58 of the third period to put the win on ice.

The Hawks outshot the Wings 17-4 in the third period and 45-26 for the game, their best offensive production in the series.

Chicago got a massive weight off its shoulder when Bryan Bickell scored the opening goal at 14:08 of the first period.

Michal Handzus and Patrick Kane both tried shots just before, with Bickell getting the third rebound and slamming it past Howard, who was drawn out of position by the first two shots.

Bickell was virtually all by himself and lifted a wrister past Howard for his fourth goal of the playoffs.

As great as it was for Hawks fans to celebrate after Bickell's goal, the fact remains it was only the third goal Chicago had scored in the last three-plus games against Detroit.

Chicago appeared to have scored a second goal about six minutes into the second period, but officials claimed the puck did not enter the net. A TV replay showed the puck clearly trickled into the net and Howard eased it out without the referees seeing it.

Just before the midpoint of the second period, Detroit winger Daniel Cleary tied the game when he flicked a wrister past goalie Corey Crawford, tying the game at 1-1. It was Cleary's fourth goal of the playoffs.

NOTES: Saturday's attendance was 22,014. ... Detroit has won 17 of 19 series it has led 3-1. ... Chicago started its third line at the opening faceoff, rather than the top two lines that feature prolific scorers Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. Kane scored the only two goals that the Blackhawks garnered in Games 2 through 4. ... Chicago coach Joel Quenneville started Crawford in goal even though he had been on the losing end of the last three games. Crawford made 25 saves.
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