The Chicago Blackhawks haven't faced adversity this season but they are most certainly in that position now thanks to the Red Wings.

Goals 31 seconds apart by Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller in the second period and Pavel Datsyuk's key tally in third period Monday propelled the Red Wings to a 3-1 victory.

With the win, the Red Wings took a 2-1 series lead in the best-of-seven conference semifinals against the Blackhawks, who had the best regular season record in the league (36-7-5).

The Blackhawks opened the season not losing in regulation time in 24 consecutive games — the first half of the lockout-shortened season. They continued a torrid pace the second half of the schedule.

But that doesn't matter now, with Game 4 Thursday at Joe Louis Arena (8 p.m., NBC Sports Network/97.1 The Ticket) and the Red Wings having the opportunity to take a commanding lead in the series.

Datsyuk scored at 6:46 of the third period, his third goal of the playoffs, giving the Red Wings a 3-1 lead and restoring a two-goal advantage.

Datsyuk took a pass from Johan Franzen on the rush and fired a shot that flew past goalie Corey Crawford and bounced back from just under the crossbar.

It was a crucial goal after the Blackhawks had pushed back into the game and come close to tying the score.

Chicago's Patrick Kane's third-period breakaway goal at 4:35 cut the lead to 2-1. Franzen was apparently boarded by Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson — Franzen lay on the ice in a corner — but no whistle was called.

Kane took a stretch pass from defenseman Duncan Keith and beat Howard after setting down a bouncing puck.

The Blackhawks appeared to tie the score 50 seconds later but forward Andrew Shaw was called for goalie interference after a shot on net by Viktor Stalberg found its way past Howard.

But Datsyuk turned the momentum back the Red Wings way with yet another wicked shot.