Marian Hossa (above, fire Ray Shero) scored two goals and an asssist for the Red Wings who cruised to a 6-1 pounding of the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. Detroit took a 3-1 series lead despite playing without captain Nicklas Lidstrom, Hart Trophy candidate Pavel Datsyuk and defensive forward Kris Draper. Defending Conn Smythe Award winner Henrik Zetterberg added two goals while Valtteri Filppula had a goal and two assists.
Chicago goaltender Cristobal Huet took over for injured starter Nikolai Khabibulin and was simply horrendous. He allowed five goals on 26 shots and was even replaced at one point by Corey Crawford.
EN Says: Despite having two of the best players in the world on the shelf, Detroit showed why it's a champion. It remained composed in the face of adversity while the young Blackhawks simply melted down when they fell behind early. The Blackhawks took a lot of selfish, needless penalties, many of which were of the"message-sending" caliber. They were the type of penalties the NHL warned about prior to the start of the playoffs and seemed to crack down on for at least the first round. But they don't seem to mind them as much now.
Chicago ended up with 56 minute in penalties (including three misconduct, two of which were taken by old friend Ben Eager) while the Red Wings only had 14 minutes. if Colin Campbell was in any way consistent with how he does his job, some members of the Blackhawks would be sitting for Game 4.
Additionally, Cristobal Huet was horrendous. The Blackhawks need Nikolai Khabibulin back in a hurry.
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