Ice Hockey - Blackhawks thrash Red Wings, stave off elimination

Jonathan Toews broke his play-off goal drought as the Chicago Blackhawks staved off elimination with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of the National Hockey League Western Conference semi-finals on Saturday.

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The top-seeded Blackhawks reduced the series deficit to 3-2 against the seventh-seeded Red Wings with Andrew Shaw scoring twice and captain Toews grabbing a crucial goal.

Chicago's Bryan Bickell opened the scoring late in the first period when he was on hand for a third rebound after Jimmy Howard saved two separate quick fire Chicago shots.

The rebound theme continued, but this time for the Red Wings, when Daniel Cleary buried the puck from a difficult side angle midway through the second period to tie the scores.

Shaw then stole the lead back for the Blackhawks with a deflection from a Brent Seabrook shot in the power-play and the home side was able to kick on from there.

Toews produced a critical two-goal buffer with a power-play goal late in the second period before Shaw completed the scoring with a wrap around goal seven minutes into the final period.

"We had to play desperate, it was an elimination game and very important," Shaw said.

"The guys came out hard and now we have to carry the momentum into Game Six."

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