Red Wings-Blackhawks: Detroit Escapes with a Win in Chicago
The Detroit Red Wings were able to keep rolling in the second game of a back-to-back series of games, just barely sneaking past Chicago with a 6-5 shootout victory, giving them their sixth win of the season.
Marian Hossa played another brilliant game, and he won it with his shootout goal against Blackhawks netminder Nikolai Khabibulin. Hossa took an unorthodox approach to his shot, choosing to just blast it past Khabibulin with the game on the line.
Hossa also managed one goal, one assist, and he was flying all over the ice for the second night in a row.
The Wings were playing catch-up nearly the entire game, and things looked bleak when Ben Eager scored to make it 4-2 Chicago. Fortunately, the big guns woke up and Niklas Kronwall, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Jiri Hudler all scored in succession to make it a 5-4 Wings lead.
However, this would be short lived, as Patrick Kane scored on the power play, just three minutes after Hudler's goal, ultimately sending the game in to overtime.
Overtime would solve nothing, as each team managed four shots each in an evenly-played period. Chicago elected to shoot first in the shootout but trailed 1-0 after Datsyuk followed Patrick Kane's miss with a backhand goal.
Jonathan Toews followed that up with a quick goal of his own to tie it up 1-1. After several close calls, the shootout would go to four shooters for each team. Martin Havlat was stopped by Ty Conklin on a wrist shot, setting up Marian Hossa for his slapshot winner.
Adam's Thoughts and Rants
Almost every single forward played a good game tonight, although Darren McCarty was a -1 and pretty much invisible for the entire game, leading me to think that Maltby deserves to be in the lineup over him.
The Hossa-Datsyuk-Holmstrom line is really starting to click. It's good to see the haters shutting up. Hudler seems to be getting better every game, as he managed three points and made the second power-play unit look great.
Ty Conklin and the defense looked awful tonight. It seemed as if Conklin was determined to stop the hard shots but would then let the weak ones just squeak by. The defence was good at contributing in the scoring, but they need to work together on playing well in their own zone.
Johan Franzen left the game early but was seen walking without any aid after the game. Tests will be done tomorrow, but it appears he may have only hyperextended his knee.
Wings Player of the Game
For the second night in a row, it is Marian Hossa. He seems to be heating up with every game played, and he is developing some nice chemistry with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom.
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