Hawks fall to Wings in SO; face division-rival Wild Thursday
The Red Wings and the Blackhawks met again on Wednesday night, and though the two teams are now in different conferences and meet just twice a year, the rivalry was as intense as ever. The Red Wings came from behind to secure the win in a thrilling 5-4 SO victory, with Darren Helm scoring the deciding goal in the shootout.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead at 8:41 of the first, when Marian Hossa drove to the net and redirected the puck with his shin pad into the net off of a pass from Jonathan Toews. They kept the momentum going with a goal less than two minutes later, as Andrew Shaw corralled a rebound around a scrambling Jonas Gustavsson to give the Hawks a 2 goal lead at 10:26 of the first.
The Red Wings would not go quietly, and cut the deficit to one less than a minute later, as Tomas Tatar sent home a rebound at 11:14 that beat Corey Crawford. Patrick Eaves would score to tie the game at 2 goals apiece with less than three minutes to go, after a heads-up play by Justin Abdelkader set him up with a golden opportunity that he took advantage of at 17:40 of the first.
The see-saw action continued into the second, as the Hawks looked to capitalize on their first power play of the night while Drew Miller was in the box for interfering with Shaw. Patrick Sharp let loose a bullet from the faceoff dot a mere six seconds into the PP, putting the Hawks in front again.
Detroit wasted no time tying the game back up, as Gustav Nyquist got the puck to Kyle Quincey, who flew up the middle of the slot and got the puck behind Crawford at 6:20 of the second. They looked to put away the game at 11:20 of the second, with a goal by Nyquist after a bang-bang play by Detroit gave him the puck in front of a wide-open net, letting him tap in the goal and give their first lead of the game.
The Hawks would tie it back up at 4 in the third after Marcus Kruger put a beautiful wrist shot past Gustavsson at 5:12 of the third.
Both goalies kept their teams in the game going into OT, and both teams traded odd-man-rushes that neither could capitalize, leading to the shootout.
Toews scored first for the Hawks, followed by a goal by Sharp, but the Red Wings got two goals of their own from Eaves and Todd Bertuzzi. The shootout went to the sixth round, where Helm put a goal past Crawford and Andrew Shaw couldn’t solve Gustavsson.
1. Henrik Zetterberg: 0 G, 3 A, 3 SOG, 21:30 TOI
2. Darren Helm: 2 SOG, 4 hits, GW shoout goal
3. Marian Hossa: 1 G, 5 SOG, 2 PIM, 20:25 TOI
The Hawks (32-8-12) next face off against Minnesota (27-20-5), their second away game in two nights. The teams have met twice this season, splitting the series between them with one game apiece. After a shootout loss to Detroit, the Hawks are now 4-1-5 in the new year, unable to secure a second point in five games that went to either overtime or the shootout. They currently sit three points out of first place in the west, behind Anaheim, who holds the top spot with 79 points.
The Wild will be looking to rebound off of a thorough beating from the Stars on Tuesday, getting shut out in Dallas. Minnesota is hoping that the loss was just a blip on the radar, having won seven of their last eight before their last loss. For the Wild, the story is their goaltending, with Darcy Kuemper taking over the net with both Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding out with injuries. Krumper has gone 4-3-0 since getting the call up, and has helped keep Minnesota in the wild card race in a dominant Western conference.
Who’s hot: Hossa is on a six-game point streak, with 6 goals and 2 assists in that time...for the Wild, Charlie Coyle has six points in the last six games (4 G, 2 A).
Injury report: The Hawks are very nearly completely healthy, with Nikolai Khabibulin remaining on LTIR... the Wild will be without both Backstrom (lower body) and Harding (treatment for multiple sclerosis), as well as defenseman Jared Spurgeon (foot), and forwards Mikko Koivu (ankle) and possibly Zach Parise, (fractured foot) who skated at practice Saturday and who may return.
Game Info: 7 p.m. CT; CSN-CHI,
Location: Xcel Energy Center, 199 W. Kellog Blvd., St. Paul