The Blackhawks seized it when Michal Handzus tied the game in the opening minute of the final period and kept it when Bryan Bickell scored about 5 minutes later.
Frolik’s goal on a penalty shot at the 9:43 mark put the Blackhawks ahead 4-2 and silenced the once-raucous crowd.
Chicago needed that cushion because Damien Brunner scored with 52 seconds left to pull Detroit within one. The Red Wings pulled their goaltender, but they were unable to score with the extra skater.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, though, refused to sound disappointed that his team has failed on its first two chances to eliminate the Blackhawks.
“We’ve got a chance to push them out of the playoffs,” Babcock said. “It should be a lot of fun.”
The Blackhawks shifted the series back to Detroit with a 4-1 victory in Game 5, and then jumped in front on Marian Hossa’s goal in the first period of Game 6. Patrick Eaves tied the game late in the first and Joakim Andersson put the Red Wings up 2-1 with a long wrister 10:11 into the second period.
Toews won the first faceoff against Henrik Zetterberg after the penalty was called, and ended up with an assist on Hossa’s goalmouth scramble 3:53 into the game.
Eaves, who revived his career during the lockout-delayed season after having a concussion, scored for the first time this postseason off a rebound 18:51 into the first.
“It was a knuckle-puck,” Andersson said. “It’s hard for the goalie to see those sometimes.”
Chicago got to the front of Howard in the third period and it paid off.
Handzus was basically by himself when he scored 51 seconds into the third against a helpless Howard. Bickell wouldn’t let Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith move him away from Howard before he scored the go-ahead goal, leading to Howard taking Smith’s stick and throwing it into the corner.
Frolik’s penalty try was awarded when he had a breakaway after blocking Carlo Colaiacovo’s shot and was hacked by him from behind.
“I’ve got nothing to say about that,” Howard said when asked about the call that gave Chicago a penalty shot.