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Detroit Red Wings-Chicago Blackhawks Prepare for the Playoffs

CHICAGO - JANUARY 01:  The Detroit Red Wings celebrate after they scored a goal against the Chicago Blackhawks during the NHL Winter Classic at Wrigley Field on January 1, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Katie EvansCorrespondent IApril 11, 2009

As Detroit and Chicago faced off in a back to back game against each other, it seemed to be the most laid back game of the season since a win or a loss for either team would not affect them for the playoffs. However, Detroit lost their second straight game as Chicago won 4-2

Even with it being "throw-away" game it was still full of lots of action and lots of skill as these teams met for the first time since the Winter Classic and Detroit had won all four meetings thus far.

As the game started 15 seconds in Niklas Hjalmarsson scored his first NHL goal for Chicago giving Detroit a bit of a rocky start as Chicago led 1-0.

Midway through the first on a cross checking call to Blackhawks Troy Brouwer Valtteri Filppula scored a power play goal to tie the game.

Both teams continued to play strong and netminders Ty Conklin and Cristobal Huet made key stops to help lead their teams.

Henrik Zetterberg took advantage of a rebound when he blast the puck past Huet to give Detroit a 2-1 lead.

As the third period was underway Ben Eager tied it up on Chicago's first shot of the period to once again tie the game.

It wasn't until a penalty shot to Dustin Byfuglien after a hook from Nicklas Kronwall would lead to him scoring the game winner to give Chicago the win.

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