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DETROIT -- Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for his second career playoff shutout, and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 at Joe Louis Arena on Thursday night to take a 3-1 series lead over the heavily favored Blackhawks in the Western Conference semifinals.

Game 5 is Saturday night at Chicago's United Center.

Jakub Kindl scored a power-play goal midway through the second period, and Daniel Cleary added an empty-net goal for Detroit, which is the Western Conference's No. 7 seed.

Corey Crawford stopped 25 shots for Chicago, which won the Presidents' Trophy that goes to the team with the NHL's best record.

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews continued to be frustrated by the Red Wings and took three consecutive penalties -- hooking, high sticking and hooking again -- in the second period. The Red Wings capitalized with one second left in the second penalty to take a 1-0 lead when Kindl got his first goal of the playoffs at 10:03. He beat Crawford with a change-up of a shot from the top of the left circle.

It was the first power-play goal Chicago has allowed in the playoffs after killing its first 30 short-handed situations. Detroit recorded its first power-play goal of the series after being foiled on its first 13 attempts.

Cleary scored with 39 seconds remaining in the game.

Chicago's Michal Handzus hit the crossbar with 9:45 left in the third.

Howard made an outstanding save on Dave Bolland on a two-on-one rush 9:25 into the third period.

Chicago's Nick Leddy hit the goal post about two minutes into the second period.

Howard stopped Patrick Sharp on a breakaway with 4:55 left in a first period in which the Red Wings turned the puck over five times.

NOTE: Toews had no goals and three assists in the Blackhawks' first eight playoff games. Handzus, not Toews, started the game between Marian Hossa and Sharp. Toews began the game between Patrick Kane and Bryan Bickell . ... Detroit D Dan DeKeyser had the cast removed Wednesday from his surgically repaired thumb. DeKeyser, whose thumb was broken May 2 in the second game of the first-round series against Anaheim, has been skating for a week. He was originally thought to be out six to eight weeks, but he thinks he could return if the Red Wings beat the Blackhawks and reach the Western Conference finals. ... Detroit D Brendan Smith was helped off the ice after taking a Bolland shot off the right knee with 3:20 left in the first period. Smith returned for the second period.
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