Chicago’s Dustin Byfugliuen scored a penalty shot goal with 28 seconds remaining in the third period Saturday, carrying the Blackhawks to a 4-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.
Byfugliuen’s goal broke a 2-2 tie. Andrew Ladd added an empty-net goal to get the ‘Hawks their first victory over Detroit this season.
Chicago had opened the game’s scoring on their first shot, with Niklas Hjalmarsson blasting the puck past Ty Conklin‘s glove just 16 seconds into the game.
The Red Wings evened things up with 9:01 left in the first as Valtteri Filppula scored a power play goal off a no-look feed from Jiri Hudler.
Henrik Zetterberg scored with 1:02 remaining in the second to put Detroit out in front but Chicago tied the game at 8:53 of the third on a blast by Ben Eager.
Conkin finished the game with 22 saves on 25 shots against. Chicago’s Cristobal Huet made 21 saves on 23 Detroit shots.
The two teams meet again Sunday in Chicago to close out the season.
The Red Wings wore their Winter Classic jerseys, giving their home fans the chance to see them live… Detroit was without Marian Hossa
and Kris Draper
who are both listed as day-to-day. Derek Meech
and Chris Chelios
filled in as forwards on the fourth line to take the open roster spots.
I’ve gotta admit, I’ve got a superficial reason for wanting to watch this afternoon’s Red Wings – Blackhawks matchup. Though they may be incorrect, I love Detroit’s throwback jerseys.
Ty Conklin will make his second start of the season in said jerseys, having won in then at Wrigley Field in the New Year’s Day Winter Classic. Chris Osgood was given the option of starting today or tomorrow and chose to start on the road in the last game before the playoffs.
The Red Wings will be without Marian Hossa, who left Thursday’s game early with a groin injury. He will also miss tomorrow’s game but is expected to return for the start of the playoffs.
Cristobal Huet will start for Chicago. The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Sharp and Brent Sopel, with Kris Versteeg also unlikely to play.
With the Wings locked into the Western Conference’s second seed and the ‘Hawks having clinched fourth place, the two games are virtually meaningless. The Red Wings are 4-0 on the season against the Blackhawks and Chicago is looking to break 100 points in the standings for the first time since 1993.