Chicago Blackhawks Beat Detroit Red Wings in Shootout, Extend Historic Streak
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Just when it looked like the Detroit Red Wings were going to put an end to the Chicago Blackhawks' historic streak, Patrick Kane netted a late power-play goal to send the game into overtime.
After 65 minutes without a decision, Kane beat Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard in the second round of the shootout to win the game for the Hawks.
If not for Kane's game-tying goal, the Hawks would have left their season-opening point streak in Detroit.
However, Hawks netminder Corey Crawford's performance was most vital to the Hawks staying in this game.
The Hawks dominated most of the first 40 minutes of the game. Then Tomas Tatar came out and scored less than three minutes into the third period to break the stalemate.
That goal shifted the momentum towards the home team. Niklas Hjalmarsson took a tripping penalty about a minute and a half later to give the Wings a power play. After trailing in shots throughout the game, the Wings took over the shots battle on that man advantage.
Despite all the offensive pressure they put on Crawford and the Hawks, the Wings were unable to light the lamp again.
What really cost them the game were the two delay of game penalties they took late in the third.
With 2:25 left in regulation, the Hawks went on the power play. Viktor Stalberg was able to feed thew puck to Kane in the slot to tie the game with 2:02 left in the period.
A second delay of game penalty left the Wings shorthanded for the remainder of the third and for the first 37 seconds of overtime. While the Hawks didn't convert, it helped them regain crucial momentum.
Overtime came and went without a deciding goal.
Crawford and Howard each faced 33 shots in 65 minutes of hockey and each let one in.
Crawford held his own in the shootout, saving shots from Pavel Datsyuk, Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg. Howard was able to stop Jonathan Toews, but Kane found twine to win the shootout for Chicago.
This Original Six rivalry game didn't disappoint. Even though it was low scoring, it was arguably the most exciting game of this season.
In his 1,000th career game, Marian Hossa left the Joe Louis Arena with a win and his team's streak alive.
Tomas Tatar at 17:17 in the 3rd Period, assisted by Joakim Andersson and Patrick Eaves.
Patrick Kane at 2:02 in the 3rd Period, assisted by Viktor Stalberg.
1. Corey Crawford, .970 save percentage
2. Jimmy Howard, .970 save percentage
3. Patrick Kane, 1 goal
Shots: Even 33-33
Hits: Red Wings 23-8
Faceoffs: Red Wings 28-27
PIMs: Red Wings 8-4
Power plays: Blackhawks 1-4, Red Wings 0-2
Final score: Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1
Round 3 of Shootout
Zetterberg fails to score and the Hawks win in Detroit!
Round 2 of Shootout
Brunner almost gets a backhand shot by Crawford, but loses the puck.
Kane scores stick side on Howard to give the Hawks the lead!
Round 1 of Shootout
Datsyuk up first for the Wings. Crawford makes the save and Datsyuk remains 0-3 in shootouts this season.
Howard returns the favor by making the glove save on Toews.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1 (End of OT)
65 minutes of hockey done and these two teams will head to a shootout for the second time this season.
The Hawks came out victorious last time. Who will claim the extra point this time around?
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1 (0:47 OT)
Crawford makes a huge save and holds the puck as Brunner attempts to jab it through!
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1 (1:02 OT)
Just over a minute left in overtime and Crawford and Howard remain the most outstanding players in this game.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1 (4:23 OT)
Wings survive the Hawks' OT power play. Hossa puts a scorcher on Howard right as Kronwall emerges from the box.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1 (End of the 3rd Period)
The Blackhawks' historic streak remains in tact thanks to Kane's late PPG!
We'll be heading into overtime in Detroit shortly. The Hawks will get a 4-on-3 man advantage for the first 37 seconds of the OT period.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1 (1:23 3rd Period)
The Wings take ANOTHER late delay of game penalty. Kronwall to the box and the Hawks have a chance to take a late lead.
Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 1 (2:02 3rd Period)
Patrick Kane lights the lamp on the power play to tie the game for the Hawks! What an unbelievable ending to one of the most exciting games we've seen in 2013.
The verdict is... power play for the Hawks late in the third! Ericsson gets two for delaying the game!
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 1 (2:25 3rd Period)
Stoppage in play when a Wings defender tosses the puck over the glass. The Hawks call for a penalty and the refs gather to make a decision.
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 1 (2:50 3rd Period)
Hawks are setting up in the offensive zone. They're throwing everything at Howard, but nothing is getting through.
Less than five minutes left in the third and the Wings still hold a 1-0 lead over the Hawks!
Shots are close with the Wings leading 30-28.
Wings are still dominating the physical game with 22 hits to Chicago's eight.
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 1 (6:17 3rd Period)
Stalberg puts a puck on net and everyone overskates the rebound! The Hawks aren't getting any breaks this afternoon.
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 1 (7:14 3rd Period)
Hawks spend a good bit of time on offense. The Wings clear the puck from their zone and develop a 3-on-2 odd man rush, but play is blown dead with an offsides call.
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 1 (9:00 3rd Period)
The Wings are playing very aggressively in both the Hawks' zone and the neutral zone. More than halfway through the third period and it feels like the Hawks haven't spent as much time in the offensive zone as they have in the past two periods.
Oduya with the dive to stop a potential Datsyuk scoring chance!
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 1 (10:32 3rd Period)
Brunner's forechecking creates a chance, but Crawford makes the save and holds the puck.
Blackhawks 0, Red Wings 1 (11:57 3rd Period)
An stoppage in play and TV timeout may be just what the Hawks needed to slow down the Wings.
The Wings are unable to convert on the power play, but they spent the majority of the man advantage in the offensive zone. That PP gives the Wings the advantage in the shooting battle.
Detroit now leading shots 27-24.
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