Red Wings’ Streak Reaches Four

The Detroit Red Wings won their fourth-straight game Tuesday night, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 to pick up just their second win in six games this season against their Central Division and Original Six rival.

Rookie goaltender Corey Crawford kept the Blackhawks in the game, stopping 44 of the 46 shots he faced, but couldn’t do it all.

Kirk Maltby got the Red Wings on the board at 8:34 of the first period.

Playing in his 1,000th career game Dallas Drake picked up his 300th career assist on the play, knocking down a Chicago defender on his way behind the net, then taking the puck from him and sending it out to Maltby for a one-timer that was stopped by Crawford but dropped down just across the goal line.

The Blackhawks pulled even just 2:09 later when Rene Bourque one-timed a long rebound chance past Chris Osgood.

Halfway through the second period, Osgood stopped former Red Wing Robert Lang on a penalty shot attempt, setting the stage for Pavel Datsyuk to put Detroit back out in front with 4:08 left in the period.

An attempted outlet pass up the middle by the Blackhawks was tipped by Jiri Hudler and picked off by Datsyuk. He skated into the high slot all alone and snapped a shot that deflected off of defender Brent Seabrook and past Crawford.

The Blackhawks would pressure late in the third peroid but Johan Franzen added an empty-net goal to wrap the game for Detroit.

Osgood stopped 19 of 20 shots to earn the win in his first start in five games.

Neither team scored on the power play, with each team getting two attempts.

Red Wings Snap Slump Against Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time in five games this season on Sunday, earning a 3-1 win to end the losing streak to their divisional foe.

Through the first four matchups with Chicago, Detroit had gone -3-1, with the shootout loss coming in the second game of the season.

Detroit got the victory on Sunday with three goals in the first period, including one by Henrik Zetterberg just 50 seconds into the game.

Jiri Hudler gained the Chicago zone on the right wing and sent the puck across the ice to Andreas Lilja, who had joined the rush. Lilja snapped a pass to the middle, where Zetterberg was in behind the defense and right in front of goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. Zetterberg’s quick move beat the Russian goalie and got the Wings on the board early.

Dan Cleary put Detroit up by a pair with 5:54 left in the period, snapping a shot from in close past Khabibulin after taking a pass in the slot from Pavel Datsyuk.

Mikael Samuelsson finished the Red Wings’ scoring with just nine seconds left in the period. With Detroit on a power play, Samuelsson fired a wrister from the bottom of the left circle that slipped past a screened Khabibulin.

Chicago got on the board exactly twenty minutes later, scoring with nine seconds left in the second period when Rene Bourque tipped a Tuomo Ruutu blast past Detroit netminder Chris Osgood.

Osgood finished the night with 19 saves on 20 shots. Khabibulin stopped 25 of 28 Detroit chances.

Third-period Comeback Lifts Red Wings over Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period to earn a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night. It was their fifth win in as many games.

Henrik Zetterberg and Robert Lang were the Detroit goal-scorers. Zetterberg’s goal was his first point in ten games, ending the young star’s surprising drought.

Zetterberg’s goal came 3:09 into the final period. Tomas Holmstrom whacked the puck on net several times from the top of the crease before Chicago netminder Brian Boucher sprawled out to knock the puck away. It came straight to Zetterberg, who put it back into the net before Boucher could get fully back into position.

Lang scored 3:10 later when a seemingly-innocent shot from the slot deflected off of defenseman Adrian Aucoin and past Boucher.

The Blackhawks had opened the scoring with 6:16 remaining in the first period when a streaking Radim Vrbata found Rene Bourque wide open to the right of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood. Verbata threaded a pass through and Bourque was wide open to put it home.

The Red Wings’ power play continued to struggle, going without a goal on five chances, including a long 5-on-3 in the second period. Their penalty kill was perfect on three tries against.

Osgood made 21 saves on 22 Chicago shots while Boucher stopped 27 of 29 shots against.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Saturday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.