By Jon Fromi
The trio the Chicago Blackhawks sent out to the shootout portion of their exhibition loss in Detroit Sunday was a good indicator of what a young ‘Hawks squad was up against in Joe Louis Arena.
Taking shots for the Red Wings were Johan Franzen, Todd Bertuzzi and Henrik Zetterberg. Chicago sent out Brandon Pirri, Michael Frolik and Brandon Saad.
The Blackhawks gave the vastly more seasoned Detroit squad all it could handle but came out on the short end of a 4-3 shootout. Despite the big advantage in experience in favor of the home team, the young men in the Indian head sweaters were more than competitive.
The ‘Hawks found themselves on the power play five minutes into the contest when a Wings goal was negated by a Zetterberg hooking penalty. Bryan Bickell had a decent shot on goal, but Chicago came up empty. This was a running theme throughout the afternoon, as the Blackhawks were fruitless in three tries with the man advantage.