Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

80 Minutes Not Enough Time for Blackhawks, Red Wings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

80 Minutes Not Enough Time for Blackhawks, Red Wings

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The ice at the United Center remained clean on Tuesday night.

Not one octopus slipped through the security to slime the United Center as the Chicago Blackhawks tried to get back into the Western Conference Finals on their pristine home ice.

At the end of the first overtime period in Game 3 of the series, the Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings were tied 3-3.

A Chicago victory would cut Detroit's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven series and give the Blackhawks a chance to tie it up in Game 4 on Thursday at home.

A Detroit victory would give the Red Wings a commanding 3-0 lead. Only two teams in the history of the seven-game playoff format have rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.

The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs came from three down to beat the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup finals. In 1975, the New York Islanders came back from 3-0 to beat Pittsburgh in the quarterfinals.

Denis Savard, Bernie Nicholls and Jeff Shantz scored for Chicago in regulation time, the first goal in the series for each player. Nicholls' goal was his first in the playoffs and first since March 31. Shantz tied the game 3-3 with his third playoff goal.

Keith Primeau, former Blackhawk Stu Grimson and Paul Coffey scored for the Red Wings in regulation play. Grimson's goal was his first ever in the playoffs. Primeau and Coffey scored on power plays.

Chicago also scored two power-play goals. The Blackhawks were two of five with the man advantage, but Detroit was two of eight.

At the end of regulation time, the Red Wings had outshot the Blackhawks 31-19.

The Red Wings got the first break at 4:05, when referee Don Koharski penalized Chris Chelios for tripping Doug Brown. But Koharski evened it up 1:37 later, calling Darren McCarty for hooking Brent Sutter.

After 23 seconds of four-on-four, Chicago took a 1-0 lead on the ensuing power play. Savard deflected Chelios' shot from the right point between Mike Vernon's legs at 7:23. Savard and Murray Craven had set up the play with strong forechecking, enabling Patrick Poulin to send the loose puck to Chelios at the point.

McCarty took a roughing penalty midway through the period, but Patrick Poulin negated it with a hooking penalty. …

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