With four days to practice, the Detroit Red Wings put forth a dominating effort Friday night, rolling past the Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1.
The Red Wings outshot Chicago 37-26 in the effort, including a 20-shot second period in which they scored twice.
Luke Glendening opened the game’s scoring just 6:08 in, backhanding the rebound of a Drew Miller chance past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford. Miller had picked off a pass by the Blackhawks to get all alone in the slot for his initial opportunity.
Patrick Kane‘s power play goal with 8:44 left in the period tied it back up, as Kane was open on the right side of the net to take a crossing pass from Jonathan Toews and roof a shot past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.
At 4:49 of the period, Zetterberg picked off a pass by Kane in the Chicago end and poked the puck through to Franzen at the front of the net. Franzen kicked it from his skate to his stick and backhanded it over Crawford to make it 2-1.
Tatar put the rebound of a Joakim Andersson shot past Crawford on a three-on-two to make it 3-1 at 5:59.
Brendan Smith capped off a fast-moving third period with an empty net goal to finish off the game’s scoring.
Kane’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Detroit had three chances with the extra attacker while Chicago had four.
The Red Wings are back in action on Sunday when they host the Montreal Canadiens.
Pavel Datsyuk returned from a groin injury to re-join the Detroit lineup… Tomas Jurco was back in the lineup after several games as a healthy scratch… Daniel Cleary and Andrej Nestrasil were healthy scratches up front while Brian Lashoff was a healthy scratch on defense… Backup goalie Tom McCollum was sent back to the Grand Rapids Griffins after the game and Petr Mrazek was called up.