Chicago peppered Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard with shots throughout the second period to no avail. The Blackhawks finally broke through in the third period, scoring three unanswered goals en route to a convincing 4-1 win in Game 1 of this Western Conference semifinal series.
Patrick Sharp scored his team-high sixth goal of the playoffs and added an assist to spearhead Chicago's attack, which fired 41 shots in the contest. The Blackhawks killed three Detroit power plays and have now limited playoff opponents to 0-for-19 on the man advantage.
The opening battle between "Original Six" organizations at the United Center ended up one-sided, but Detroit has two days to adjust before Game 2 takes center stage Saturday. A revised game plan must revolve around protecting the netminder.
Final: Chicago 4, Detroit 1