- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DETROIT — Michael Frolik skated toward Jimmy Howard, faked a wrist shot and flipped a backhander into the net. Now it’s on to Game 7.

Frolik’s penalty shot proved to be the winning goal Monday night, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 6 and forcing a deciding game between the Original Six rivals in their last Western Conference postseason series.

Frolik became first player in league history to score two goals on penalty shots in the playoffs.

“I was kind of surprised that I was the first one in history,” Frolik said. “It’s a little bit special.”

He hopes his latest goal on a penalty shot in the playoffs helps the Blackhawks more than the previous one did. Frolik scored on a penalty shot on April 24, 2011 to pull Chicago into a third-period tie with the Vancouver Canucks, who went on to win the game.

Vancouver bounced back to beat the Blackhawks at home in overtime of that Game 7, handing them their first of two opening-round exits after they hoisted the Stanley Cup in 2010.

The NHL’s top-seeded team hopes home ice is an advantage this time when its hosts seventh-seeded Detroit on Wednesday night in Game 7.

The Red Wings, meanwhile, are counting on playing with confidence after beating second-seeded Anaheim on the road in Game 7 of their first-round series.

“We’ve been there before,” Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “Now, we just have to do that again.”

Corey Crawford didn’t let the Red Wings score again after allowing a fluttering puck to go from the top of the left circle, past his glove and into the net.

“I pretty much told myself it can’t get any worse,” Crawford said.

It did — for Detroit.

The Blackhawks picked up their crestfallen goalie by scoring three times in the first half of the third period to win a second straight game after trailing 3-1 in the series, their last against Detroit because it will play in the East next season as part of the NHL’s realignment plan.

“We’ve got that momentum,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. “We want to keep it.”

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