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Red Wings beat Blackhawks 2-0, take 3-1 series lead with 3rd straight victory

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    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) crashes into Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the second period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Detroit, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (The Associated Press)

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    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl (4), of the Czech Republic, celebrates his goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Detroit, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (The Associated Press)

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    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl (4), of the Czech Republic, defends against Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger (16), of Sweden, during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Detroit, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (The Associated Press)

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    Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) stops a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw (65) during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Detroit, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (The Associated Press)

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    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall (55), of Sweden, defends Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) during the first period in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs series in Detroit, Thursday, May 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (The Associated Press)

Jakub Kindl scored on a power play in the second period, Daniel Cleary had an empty-net goal and Jimmy Howard made 27 saves to help the Detroit Red Wings hold on for a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night, putting the NHL's best team during the regular season on the brink of elimination.

After losing Game 1, the seventh-seeded Red Wings have surged into control of the second round series by handing Chicago its first three-game losing streak of the year.

Game 5 is Saturday night in Chicago.