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DETROIT, MI - MAY 20: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks tries to jam home a third period shot next to Jonathan Ericsson #52 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 3-1 to take a 2-1 series lead. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – MAY 20: Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks tries to jam home a third period shot next to Jonathan Ericsson #52 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Three of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena on May 20, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 3-1 to take a 2-1 series lead. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (AP) Jimmy Howard’s cat-quick reflexes in net and easygoing nature out of it are big reasons the Detroit Red Wings are on a roll.

Howard has held top-seeded Chicago to only one goal in two straight games, lifting seventh-seeded Detroit to a 2-1 series lead. He was the star of the end-to-end, high-paced Game 3 the Red Wings won 4-1 on Monday night, when he became their first goalie to face at least 40 shots without giving up more than a goal in the playoffs since Greg Stefan did it 1987.

“That was probably the fastest playoff game I’ve ever been a part of,” Howard said. “I expect it just to get faster Thursday night. They’re going to step it up. We need to come even harder.”

Detroit will host Game 4 on Thursday night, shooting for a surprising win that would put Chicago on the brink of elimination.

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