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Blackhawks-Red Wings: Chicago Closes With a Win

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 7:  Daniel Cleary #11 of the Detroit Red Wings skates in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 7, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Blue Jackets defeated the Red Wings 8-2 on the strength of a hat trick by Rick Nash. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Katie EvansCorrespondent IApril 12, 2009

The Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks battled it out on Easter Sunday, and Chicago closed their regular season with a 3-0 shutout.

 

Andrew Ladd came out in the first period to start off the 'Hawk scoring after receiving a pass from Dustin Byfuglien, and Chicago had a 1-0 lead.

It wasn't long before Jonathan Toews scored his 34th of the season to make it 2-0.

Colin Fraser later had a chance to score a shorthanded goal for the Blackhawks but was denied by Chris Osgood.

Detroit had several opportunities but was unable to get it past Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, who played very strongly all game.

 

At the start of the second period, Detroit came out stronger but was still unable to slow Chicago down. They did at least prevent a Blackhawk goal as the buzzer was sounding.

Then, early in the third, Valtterri Filppula and Johan Franzen both had chances but were held back by the Chicago defense and Khabibulin.

After a hooking penalty was called on Filppula, Dave Bolland scored to give the Blackhawks a 3-0 victory in the closer. Khabibulin earned his second shutout in his last four starts.

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