Red Wings Overwhelmed in 4-1 Game One Loss to Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings couldn’t hold off a sustained attack by the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday night, dropping a 4-1 decision in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinal series between the teams.

After a first period that saw Detroit outshoot Chicago 7-6, the Blackhawks had a 36-14 shot advantage for the remainder of the game.

Former Red Wing Marian Hossa opened the game’s scoring at 9:03 of the first on a Chicago power play. When the Red Wings were unable to clear their own zone, Jonathan Toews sent a pass from the right faceoff circle to Hossa in the slot for a quick shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to make it 1-0.

Detroit responded just 1:54 later. Streaking down the left wing, Damien Brunner attempted a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that was blocked. He continued after the puck, though, and batted his own rebound past Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to tie things up.

Howard held off the Blackhawks’ push in the second period but Johnny Oduya put Chicago back out front at 8:02 of the second. Oduya snuck in from the point to take a feed from Patrick Sharp in the slot and snap a shot past Howard.

With 8:38 remaining in the period, Marcus Kruger put the Blackhawks up by a pair. Off a dump-in the puck ended up on the back of the Detroit net. Howard attempted to hold it there for a faceoff but it was knocked free and came out to Kruger in front for a backhander into a mostly-vacated net.

Sharp added an empty-net goal in the game’s final minute.

Hossa’s goal was the only power play tally of the night. Each team had three tries with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 38 of the 41 shots he faced. Crawford made 20 saves on 21 shots against.

Game Two will be Saturday afternoon in Chicago.

The Red Wings are now 0-7 all-time in series opening games played in Chicago.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Blackhawks – Game 1 – 5/15

The Red Wings and Blackhawks begin their Western Conference Semifinal matchup tonight with Game One in Chicago.

Detroit will go with a similar lineup to what they used to close out their series with the Ducks on Sunday. Mikael Samuelsson is out in favor of Cory Emmerton on the fourth line but everything else remains the same.

As I tweeted on Monday, it’s the first time since 1985 that the Wings will be the lower seed in a series against Chicago.

Today’s stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are only 6-9 all-time in Game One against the ‘Hawks. They are winless in six series openers in Chicago.

Game time is 8:00 PM on NBCSN.

Red Wings to Open Against Blackhawks on Wednesday

The National Hockey League officially announced the schedule for the Western Conference Semifinal playoff series between the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.

The Central Division rivals will meet in Game One in Chicago on Wednesday night.

Games will take place every-other day, with the exception of a two-day break between Game One and Game Two and again between Game Three and Game Four, meaning that the Red Wings will have more rest days in their series with Chicago than they did in their first-round matchup with the Anaheim Ducks.

The full series schedule is as follows:

The Red Wings’ 2013 Western Conference Semifinals Schedule
Date Opponent Location Time / TV
May 15, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Away 8:00 PM; NBCSN
May 18, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Away 1:00 PM; NBC
May 20, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Home 7:30 PM; NBCSN
May 23, 2013 Chicago Blackhawks Home 8:00 PM; NBCSN
May 25, 2013* Chicago Blackhawks Away TBD
May 27, 2013* Chicago Blackhawks Home TBD
May 29, 2013* Chicago Blackhawks Away TBD

Games four, five and six will only be played if necessary.