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Detroit takes 3-1 lead over Chicago

Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) has gone 10 postseason games without a goal. (Associated Press)
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) has gone 10 postseason games without a goal. (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 Red Wings hold on for a 2-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night at Detroit, 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.

The Blackhawks desperately need captain Jonathan Toews to score and lead after he extended his goal drought in a composure-crumbling performance.

Toews was called for three penalties in the second and could’ve gone to the box a fourth time in the period for slashing Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg while an official stood between them.

The Red Wings took advantage of the second power play Toews gave them when Kindl sent a low shot to the near corner from the top of the left circle.

Chicago had killed its first 30 penalties of the playoffs and matched the 2001 St. Louis Blues’ feat of playing eight postseason games without giving up a power-play goal, the longest such streak since 1988.

The Blackhawks had a power play with 4:45 left in the game when Kindl was called for hooking, but they couldn’t tie the game.

Rangers 4, Bruins 3 (OT): Chris Kreider steered in a pass from Rick Nash 7:03 into overtime, and New York stayed alive in the playoffs with a victory over visiting Boston.

New York, which erased 2-0 and 3-2 deficits in the critical Game 4 matchup in the Eastern Conference semifinals, still trails the series 3-1. The Rangers will need to win again on Saturday in Boston to force a Game 6 back in Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers, who were outshot 40-32, won a faceoff deep in their zone, and Nash rushed the puck up ice. He stopped above the right circle and fed a hard pass in front that Kreider skated into and tipped past goalie Tuukka Rask for his first goal of the playoffs.

Derek Stepan and Brian Boyle scored tying goals in the third period for the Rangers, who even found success on the power play. Carl Hagelin netted New York’s first goal of the game in the second period.

Kings 3, Sharks 0: Jonathan Quick made 24 saves in his seventh career playoff shutout, and Los Angeles moved to the brink of their second straight trip to the Western Conference finals with a victory over San Jose in Game 5.

Anze Kopitar and Slava Voynov scored, and Jeff Carter added an empty-net goal as the defending Stanley Cup champions won their 13th consecutive home game in dominant fashion.

Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots for the Sharks, who have played more than 96 minutes without a goal since they appeared to be taking control of the series midway through Game 4.

Western Conference

Eastern Conference
Thursday’s results

Detroit 2, Chicago 0

Red Wings lead series 3-1

Saturday: Detroit at Chicago, 5*

Thursday’s result

New York 4, Boston 3 (OT)

Bruins lead series 3-1

Saturday: N.Y. at Boston, 2:30*

Los Angeles 3, San Jose 0

Kings lead series 3-2

Sunday: L.A. at San Jose, TBA*

Today’s game

Ottawa at Pittsburgh, 4:30*

Penguins lead series 3-1

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