By Jon Fromi
Despite being outshot 43-27 and outplayed for much of the first two periods, the Chicago Blackhawks were able to earn a point with a late goal in Joe Louis Arena. Todd Bertuzzi provided the overtime winner as the Red Wings prevailed 3-2 in a Saturday matinee. Detroit bested the Blackhawks in extra time for the second time in less than a week.
Chicago remains on top of the Central Division by taking the game into 4-on-4 time, though Detroit and St. Louis now trail the Blackhawks by a single point in the standings.
The ‘Hawks wakeup call came a bit late, as Detroit parlayed a dominating first period effort into a two-goal advantage. The Red Wings camped out in the Chicago zone, outshooting the Blackhawks 21-4 and keeping Chicago on their heels for most of the period.
Corey Crawford was up to the challenge on 19 of those shots, controlling the rebounds well until the 12:46 mark of the first. Pavel Datsyuk collected a rebound off a Johan Franzen shot with his team on their only power play of the game. He fed Ian White, whose slap shot was redirected by Tomas Holmstrom past Crawford to open the scoring for Detroit. Read more
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Tagged Andrew Shaw, Corey Crawford, Drew Miller, ian White, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Toews, Marcus Kruger, Marian Hossa, Nick Leddy, Pavel Datsyuk, Todd Bertuzzi, Tomas Holmstrom, Valterri Filppula
By Brad Vandenberk
The United Center was rocking on Friday night to witness the season’s first matchup between central divisional rivals Detroit Redwings and the Chicago Blackhawks. This game was circled on the calendar for both teams as the Hawks have held their divisional lead over the Red Wings all season. This would be the first of six for these 2 teams, with the first three games coming within 16 days.
Dan Carcillo returned to the lineup after suffering a concussion during the Minnesota Wild game on December 14. Jimmy Hayes made his NHL debut after being called up from Rockford on Thursday. He had switched places with Brandon Pirri who was sent back down after a mediocre game against LA on Wednesday. Read more
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Tagged Brad Vandenberk, Brent Seabrook, Dan Carcillo, Jimmy Hayes, Jimmy Howard, Jonathan Toews, Justin Abdelkader, Marian Hossa, Nicklas Lidstrom, Patrick Kane, Todd Bertuzzi
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. Read more