Kane, Panarin too much for Red Wings to overcome, fall 5-2 to Blackhawks

33 SOG 33
1/4 POWER PLAY 2/3
22 HITS 11

1st Period

Great energy from both teams to start the game. An early chance to strike first for the Wings as the Euro Twins teamed up for an opportunity. Pavel Datsyuk put the puck off the Joe’s spring-like boards and Henrik Zetterberg took the rebound and put it on net, but Corey Crawford was there for the stop. The Blackhawks would draw first blood as Brent Seabrook ripped a shot through a crowd that found the back of the net. Zetterberg would have another chance as he entered the offensive zone, but Duncan Keith disrupted that with a great poke-check. Petr Mrazek  then made a great pad stop on Richard Panik. Tomas Jurco sent a backhander just wide of Crawford. Near the end of the first, Christian Ehrhoff looked to put the Hawks up by two, but he sent the shot just wide of the net.

2nd Period

The Wings would come out strong for the second. Jurco fed Datsyuk a great pass that Pav would cling off the goal post. Jonathan Ericsson laid a questionable hit on Andrew Desjardins. Both Ericsson and Desjardins went to the box, with Desjardins getting an extra two minutes, so that sent the Wings to the power play. Plenty of chances occurred on the man advantage, but no goals were scored.

Shortly after the power play, Zetterberg had a grade-A scoring chance that Crawford closed the door on in the slot. Riley Sheahan put a great shot on Crawford, but it didn’t hit the back of the net. Justin Abdelkader also got a chance to put the Wings on the board, but Crawford was there to stop that chance as well.

Zetterberg went to the box for tripping, closely followed by Niklas Kronwall, which put the Wings two men down. The Blackhawks ended up capitalizing on the Wings’ penalties. First, Artemi Panarin put the Hawks up two to nothing off a great pass from Patrick Kane. Chicago then stayed on the power play and put another one in the back on the net, courtesy of a wicked Kane wrist shot.


3rd Period

Niklas Hjalmarsson headed to the box for delay of game. Some good chances for the Wings on the man advantage, but none found that back of the net. Not too long after the failed power play for the Wings, Dylan Larkin got a great chance to put the Red Wings on the board, but Crawford kept up his solid play and made the save.

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Patrick Kane would head to the box for slashing. After a key faceoff win by Luke Glendening, the puck was cycled around and Glendening made his way to the front of the net and screened Crawford. That’s when Brad Richards let a slap shot go that finally found the back of the net. Petr Mrazek made a great initial first save on Andrew Ladd, but an ensuing rebound would become a goal for the aforementioned Ladd. The Hawks kept pouring it on as Kane and Panarin teamed up yet again for another goal. Tomas Tatar deflected a Gustav Nyquist shot that made its way past Crawford.

What’s next?

The Red Wings will be off until Sunday when they travel to Chicago and do battle in a rematch with the Blackhawks for the latter half of the home-and-home series at the United Center at 5pm.

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