By Brad Gardner
The sixth and final meeting of the season between the Blackhawks and Red Wings went down to a shootout, where Patrick Kane scored the deciding goal to give the visiting ‘Hawks a 3-2 victory. Corey Crawford played a strong game, despite giving up a pair of third-period goals, and did not allow a goal in the shootout to register his 30th win of the season.
Detroit’s third period comeback secured one point in the standings, thereby sealing up either the fourth or fifth seed of the Western Conference and a first round match-up against Nashville.
Despite the two points, Chicago settled into the sixth spot with 101 points (45-26-11 record) on the season. They will open the playoffs on the road against the winner of the Pacific Division.
The game played much like the rest of the season series. Each game between the two Central Division rivals has been decided by one goal. It was the fourth time in six games that the final score was 3-2 and the fourth time Chicago came out victorious. The ‘Hawks ended up taking 10 of a possible 12 points out of the season series against the Wings with a 4-0-2 record. Read more
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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