Blackhawks Take Early Lead, Cruise to 4-1 Win over Red Wings

The Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in the first 4:32 Friday night, all the scoring they'd need as they held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 4-1 win.

Patrick Sharp opened the game's scoring with a power play goal just 1:04 in. Jonathan Toews won a faceoff in the right circle back to Brent Seabrook on at the point. Seabrook sent it along the blue line to Sharp for a one-timer past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

It was 2-0 3:28 later, when Bryan Bickell jumped off the bench and into the play in the Detroit end, snapping a shot from the high slot past Howard.

Just 27 seconds later, Patrick Eaves got Detroit on the board. A Jonathan Ericsson shot went wide of the net and off the boards behind the goal, bouncing back out the other side for Eaves to put past Chicago netminder Corey Crawford.

Former Red Wing Tomas Kopecky restored the two-goal lead at 11:22 of the second. On a delayed penalty, Kopecky got in behind the defense and took a feed from Brian Campbell, beating Howard one-on-one.

Kopecky added an empty-net goal in the game's closing minutes to wrap up the scoring.

Chicago scored on their only power play, as well as on the delayed call of the only other penalty of the game. The Red Wings were without a power play for the first time in six years.

Crawford stopped 29 of 30 shots against. Howard made 27 saves on the same number of chances.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Sunday when they host the Dallas Stars as Chris Osgood goes for his 400th career victory.

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You're telling me the ref saw the puck the whole time?

Of course they score that fast.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 8:47 PM

 

Jimmy overcommitted? Came across too fast.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 8:47 PM

 

Wings looking slow. Why did no one have him?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 8:52 PM

 

There we f*cking go! Eaves says "That's why Draper is out and I'm in."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 8:54 PM

 

Zata needed to shoot on the three-on-two. Pavs was covered. Of course, that doesn't mean much sometimes.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 9:03 PM

 

Despite their injuries, the Hawks are looking pretty strong.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/17/2010 at 9:13 PM

 

Come on!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/17/2010 at 9:17 PM

 

In all? Not a horrible period. Awful start but really got better from then on. Wings look sloppy in their own end but solid on offense. Crawford is giving up some big rebounds, gotta take advantage.

Ice looks awful, puck bouncing and people falling all over.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 9:21 PM

 

In all? Not a horrible period. Awful start but really got better from then on. Wings look sloppy in their own end but solid on offense. Crawford is giving up some big rebounds, gotta take advantage.Ice looks awful, puck bouncing and people falling all over.


Agreed. The ice looks like hell. As I figured, DirecTV shafted me with the NHL network broadcast. The Wings started out really slow and got a reality check early on. They need to come out really strong in the second and take advantage of those rebounds!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/17/2010 at 9:27 PM

 

Babcock should shake his head. That was f*cking stupid. And what's it take for the Wings to get a power play?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 9:54 PM

 

I cannot believe that the Wings all stood up on the blue line and got skated by. What in the hell was that?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 9:56 PM

 

Wings are gonna need a good third here. I think they can do it but they're in a hole.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 10:10 PM

 

At least they'll call icing on Chicago if they're not calling anything else.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 10:45 PM

 

Couldn't get anything going.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/17/2010 at 11:01 PM

 

That game sucked ass!

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/18/2010 at 7:53 PM

 
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