Final OT

Series (Game 7 of 8)

Detroit leads 7-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 27th
Red Wings5
Game 2: Saturday, October 29th
Red Wings4Final
Game 3: Tuesday, November 1st
Red Wings4
Game 4: Friday, December 23rd
Red Wings3Final
Game 5: Saturday, March 11th
Red Wings6
Game 6: Sunday, March 12th
Red Wings5Final
Game 7: Friday, March 31st
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Game 8: Thursday, April 13th
Red Wings7Final

Blackhawks 3

(23-38-11, 57 pts)

Red Wings 2

(50-15-8, 108 pts)

7:00 PM ET, March 31, 2006

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 OT T
CHI 0 1 1 13
DET 1 0 1 02

N. Khabibulin (Blackhawks - G): Saves: 39, Save Pct.: .951

C. Osgood (Red Wings - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .912

D. Keith (Blackhawks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

Chicago (22-38-11) at Detroit (50-15-7) 7:00 pm EST

Chicago (22-38-11) at Detroit (50-15-7) 7:00 pm EST

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Although they have 50 victories and a postseason spot locked up, the Detroit Red Wings have no intention of coasting into the playoffs.

The Red Wings look to finish March with a 12-3 mark Friday when they host their "Original Six" rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, in their seventh matchup of the season. Closing in on another Central Division title, Detroit is one victory away from the second-highest total in franchise history. The Red Wings have a six-point lead over Dallas in the Western Conference and a two-point edge over Ottawa for the Presidents' Trophy.

Brendan Shanahan and Jason Williams had a goal and an assist each and Steve Yzerman added two assists for Detroit, which won its seventh straight road game in Thursday's 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators.

Opening a three-game road trip, Chicago has dropped five of six, is 29th in goals (183), and has a two-point lead over St. Louis to avoid the cellar in the West.

Milan Bartovic and Duncan Keith scored in the first period and Kyle Calder netted the game-winner in overtime as the Blackhawks snapped a five-game losing streak with Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Blues.

Detroit has won all six encounters against Chicago this season, outscoring the Blackhawks, 27-14.