After squeezing into the playoffs on the final day of the regular season, the Detroit Red Wings now are one victory away from eliminating the Presidents' Trophy winner and advancing to the conference finals.

Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for his second career shutout and Jakub Kindl scored on the power play as the Red Wings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 at Joe Louis Arena in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The Red Wings lead the series 3-1 and can wrap it up in Game 5 Saturday night at the United Center.

The Blackhawks, who finished 21 points ahead of the Red Wings during the regular season, have lost three in a row for the first time this season. They have scored only two goals in those games.

Daniel Cleary scored into an empty net with 38.2 seconds to play to seal the win.

The Red Wings and Henrik Zetterberg continue to frustrate Chicago captain Jonathan Toews.

Not only did Toews – who has yet to score a goal in nine playoff games -- fail to register a point for the third game in a row, but he also cost his club by taking three penalties three consecutive penalties in a span of 5:34 in the second period (one for hooking, two for high-sticking). He had only four penalty minutes in his first eight playoff games.

The Red Wings scored with one second left during Toews' second penalty. Kindl blasted in a shot from the top of the faceoff circle, after taking a pass from Carlo Colaiacovo. It was his first goal in 11 career playoff games.

It snapped Chicago's 30-for-30 streak on the penalty kill in the playoffs.

Detroit had to kill a hooking penalty on Kindl with 4:45 left in the third period. The Blackhawks went 0-for-3 on the power play. They are 0-for-9 in the past three games.

The Blackhawks turned up the pressure in the third period but still couldn't score. Howard made a glove save on Dave Bolland from point-blank range during a two-on-one. Michal Handzus hit the goal post with a shot. Niklas Kronwall broke up a two-on-one.