NHL Game Summary - Chicago at Detroit|
(Sunday, March 3rd)
Final Score: Chicago 2, Detroit 1 (SO)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks were able to keep their
historic streak intact thanks to Patrick Kane's late-game heroics combined
with Corey Crawford's superb goaltending.
Kane scored the tying goal with 2:02 remaining in regulation and supplied the
winner in the shootout, as the Blackhawks rallied to beat the Detroit Red
Wings, 2-1, at Joe Louis Arena.
Chicago stretched their NHL-record season-opening point streak to 22 games
"It's just pretty amazing. We've talked about the resiliency with this
team...and it seems like we just keep finding ways to either keep ourselves in
the game or find a way to win it at the end," Kane said.
The Red Wings were poised to deal the Blackhawks that elusive 60-minute
Tomas Tatar put Detroit on the board early in the third, and Jimmy Howard
looked to make the lead hold up with some stellar goaltending of his own.
But with 2:25 left in the frame, defenseman Jonathan Ericsson flipped the puck
over the glass from the Detroit zone, resulting in a delay-of-game penalty.
On the ensuing power play, Kyle Quincey made a good defensive play by blocking
a shot. The puck got tied up in the defenseman's skates, however, and Viktor
Stalberg was able to move it over Kane. The Chicago forward wasted little time
whipping a shot that beat Howard high on the short side.
Detroit rearguard Niklas Kronwall went off for another delay-of-game penalty
39 seconds after Kane lit the lamp, but the hosts survived.
Kane followed up his late tally by supplying the lone shootout goal, slowing
up in the slot before firing a shot past the blocker of Howard.
Crawford, back between the pipes after leaving his previous start with what
the team called an upper-body injury, made 32 saves for the Blackhawks, who
have won nine straight for the first time since Dec. 7-28, 2008.
Howard also stopped 32 shots for Detroit, which has dropped five in a row --
all by one goal -- to its Central Division rival. In fact, the last nine
meetings have been decided by a goal.
"They were way better than us at the start. I thought we were cautious and too
respectful," Detroit head coach Mike Babcock said.
The Red Wings shook off a slow start -- they were outshot 9-3 in the first
period -- to grab the lead.
Patrick Eaves won a race to a puck below the goal line and Joakim Andersson
made a quick pass out front to Tatar, who buried the puck behind Crawford at
the 2:43 mark of the third.
When the game reached overtime, Chicago matched the 1977-78 Montreal Canadiens
for the second-longest regular-season point streak in league history at 28
straight, dating back to last season. The Blackhawks are 22-0-6 since
losing 6-1 at home to Nashville on March 25 ... Chicago forward Marian Hossa
played in his 1,000th NHL game ... The Blackhawks improved to 12-0-3 in one-
goal games this season ... The Red Wings have lost eight of their last nine
home games in this series ... Chicago forward Dave Bolland missed a fifth
straight game with an upper-body injury. He is expected back in the lineup for
Tuesday's home game against Minnesota.
03/03 18:39:52 ET