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Blackhawks’ Michael Frolik makes history with penalty-shot goal

BLACKHAWKS 4, RED WINGS 3

Blackhawks 1 0 3 — 4

Detroit 1 1 1 — 3

First Period—1, HAWKS, Hossa 5 (Toews, Keith), 3:53 (pp). 2, Detroit, Eaves 1 (Miller, Br.Smith), 18:51. Penalties—Kindl, Det (interference), 3:44; Toews, HAWKS (goaltender interference), 8:52.

Second Period—3, Detroit, Andersson 1 (Kindl), 10:11. Penalties—Franzen, Det (roughing), 1:08; Detroit bench, served by Nyquist (too many men), 3:32; Rozsival, HAWKS (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:57; Abdelkader, Det (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:57; Rozsival, HAWKS (high-sticking), 17:37.

Third Period—4, HAWKS, Handzus 1 (Hjalmarsson), :51. 5, HAWKS, Bickell 5 (Toews, Hossa), 5:48. 6, HAWKS, Frolik 3 (penalty shot), 9:43. 7, Detroit, Brunner 5 (Datsyuk, Cleary), 19:08. Penalties—Datsyuk, Det (tripping), 14:23; Sharp, HAWKS (tripping), 15:10; Zetterberg, Det (tripping), 18:37; Hossa, HAWKS (tripping), 18:59.

Shots on Goal—HAWKS 10-10-8—28. Detroit 10-18-10—38.

Power-play opportunities—Chicago 1 of 5; Detroit 0 of 3.

Goalies—HAWKS, Crawford 7-4-0 (38 shots-35 saves). Detroit, Howard 7-6-0 (28-24).

Referees—Dan O’Halloran, Chris Rooney. Linesmen—Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik.

A—20,066 (20,066). T—2:32.

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Updated: May 28, 2013 8:17AM



DETROIT — For all his invaluable contributions as a penalty-killer and a fourth-liner, Michael Frolik seemed snakebitten around the net all season. So many chances shot just wide, just high, just tipping off a goalie’s equipment.

The Western Conference semifinal series against the Red Wings was more of the same. So as he lined up for a crucial penalty shot midway through the third period Monday in Game 6, Frolik figured he’d try something new.

“I tried some moves on

Jimmy Howard before, and they didn’t work out,” Frolik said, “This one, I didn’t try. So I said, ‘Let’s give it a shot.’ And it worked out.”

Indeed, Frolik made a slick forehand-to-backhand move and roofed what proved to be the game-winning goal over Howard. In the process, he became the first player in NHL history to score two penalty-shot goals in the Stanley Cup playoffs (he scored one against the Canucks in 2011).

“Great move,” Hawks coach

Joel Quenneville said. “I don’t know if I’ve seen that before. Great composure, great move.”Detroit wasn’t thrilled with the call on

Carlo Colaiacovo , who slashed Frolik as he broke in on Howard.

“I didn’t think I hit him in the hand,” Colaiacovo said. “I thought I hit him in his pants. It’s an unfortunate call. I was surprised they called a penalty shot.”

But with the crowd around him raging, Frolik said the fact that the Hawks were up 3-2 calmed his nerves a bit as he skated out to center ice.

“We were up 3-2, so I thought I had nothing to lose,” he said. “I just went out there and tried to be relaxed and calm and tried to make a move.”

For Frolik, it was his third goal of the playoffs after having only three goals in the regular season.

“For sure, it’s a good feeling,” he said.

“I’ve had a few chances, and the last few games, my line gave up a few goals, so I was kind of mad about it. I’m glad I could score and help the team win the game.”

Having fun

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was upbeat in defeat, saying his team did a lot of things well and that the Hawks didn’t “squash” the Wings.

It’s Detroit’s second Game 7 of the playoffs — they won in Anaheim in the first round.

“I love Game 7s,” Babcock said. “We’ve got a chance to push them out of the playoffs. Should be a lot of fun.”

Mayers fined

Hawks forward Jamal Mayers has been a healthy scratch all postseason, but he did his best to make his presence felt before Game 5 at the United Center — and was fined for his efforts. Mayers fired a handful of pucks from his end of the ice down at the Red Wings’ net, through Detroit players, and was caught by TV cameras.

“I was trying to get under their skin,” Mayers told ESPN.com after Monday’s morning skate. “The league fined me and took the appropriate action. I’ll pay the piper.”

Mayers again participated in warmups on Monday, this time without incident.



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