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|Red wings vs Blackhawks|
|Detroit Red Wings||1|
For a period of time this afternoon, it looked as if the Chicago Blackhawks record streak of at least some points in 21 consecutive games was going to come to an end at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. A couple costly penalties and a late game tying goal changed that in the blink of an eye and the streaking Blackhawks went on to do what they have done best this season, win close games. In a game that started off a little sloppy in the first period on both sides, the Blackhawks looked like the better team as the first period went on. The Red Wings were not able to muster much offense, only posting 3 shots on net in the first period, while penalties by Brendan Smith and Justin Abdelkader gave the Blackhawks early chances to score the first goal of the contest. Jimmy Howard came up with big save after big save to keep the game a 0-0 tie after one period.
The play evened out in the second period with Detroit outshooting Chicago 15-12 and both teams having good chance after good chance to break the scoreless tie. Both goalies were able to come up big once again time after time to keep the game a 0-0 tie after two periods of play. Detroit finally broke through with a goal from Tomas Tatar at the 2:43 mark of the third period and the Red Wings had many chances to add an insurance goal, but Corey Crawford would not let anything past him by making multiple big saves that kept it a 1-0 game. Things were going good for the Red Wings who looked like they were on their way to ending their biggest rival’s 21 game point streak and sending them out of town with their first regulation loss until Jonathan Ericsson got a delay of game penalty at the 17:35 mark of the third for shooting the puck over the glass. The inability to clear the puck out of the zone allowed Patrick Kane to pick the puck up and fire it into the net only 23 seconds into the powerplay to tie the game at 1-1. On the very next play 16 seconds later, Johan Franzen carried the puck into the Chicago zone and let a shot go that hit off of the goal post, bringing a buzz to Joe Louis Arena. The trouble was not over for the Red Wings though as Niklas Kronwall took a delay of game penalty, Detroit’s second in just over a minute of play, but the Blackhawks were not able to capitalize on the powerplay in regulation.
Overtime started the same way regulation ended, with Detroit on the penalty kill and Chicago looking to end the game early into the extra time. The Red Wings were able to kill off the penalty and were able to get a couple of shots away that gave them the chance to end the game and pick up the extra point, but Crawford continued to make huge saves which allowed for the two teams to go into a shootout, the second game in a row for the Red Wings. Pavel Datsyuk was denied by Crawford when he tried to go low and Jimmy Howard stopped Jonathan Toews to bring up Damien Brunner who made some nice moves that were too hot for even him to handle as the puck slipped off the end of his stick. This set up Patrick Kane who came in on Howard at a snails pace and after a few good stick handling moves and feet kicks, he was able to shoot it past Howard to give Chicago the 1-0 shootout lead. It was all left up to Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg to extend the game but his shot was stopped by Crawford and Chicago escaped with a 2-1 shootout win on a day where both teams were good enough to win.
This is definitely a game that the Red Wings let slip away from them in the final minutes. Against a team like the Blackhawks, who are very good on all aspects of the game, you cannot take foolish penalties that open the door for them to tie or possibly win a game late. This could be seen as the biggest heartbreaker of the season for the Red Wings and there is not much that can be said except that they beat themselves at the end of regulation with two consecutive bad penalties. For the second time this season, the Red Wings played either at or above Chicago’s level and for the second time, come away with a 2-1 loss in extra time/shootout. The Red Wings will try to rebound from this loss and place their focus on Colorado who comes into town on Tuesday night.