Hawks win in Shoot out 2-1 over Wings

 

In a classic original six rivalry at Joe Louis Arena, the Chicago Blackhawks once again found a way to win and in doing so kept their streak alive. It is now 22 games where they have secured at least a point bringing the Blackhawks to a record of 19-0-3.

This game had that old time hockey feel to it, where goaltending was spectacular; incredible skating pace; perfect positioned defensive play and skilled forwards on both sides.

You don’t need high scoring to have a great hockey game which this one was. There is just something about Chicago and Detroit match ups that brings out the best in both teams.

There was no scoring, and very little penalties through the first two periods of the game. That’s not to say there was not incredible action. The Blackhawks owned the play particularly in the first but no goals to show for it although they had plenty of chances. Both teams were concentrated on keeping the other team from scoring with great defensive positioning and active sticks.

In what shaped up to be a goaltenders duel both Corey Crawford and Jimmy Howard were flawless. Yes each of them gave up a goal but neither could be blamed and really had no chance. Each made 32 of 33 saves in the game. Crawford now has a 10-0-3 record.

With this win Corey Crawford now leads all NHL goalies with a 1.41 GAA and is second in Sv%.945. 

The scoring opened up in the third just a couple of minutes in when Tatar scored on Crawford right in front of the net in a play that happened so fast Crawford had no chance.

The third period was definitely tilted towards Detroit as they dictated the play. As the period wore on Detroit played the Hawks very close and tight not allowing the Blackhawks to find any room to move. The bounces also were not going the Blackhawks way.

Then late in the third as hard as it is to believe, the Red Wings may have been intimidated by the Blackhawks forecheck and relentlessness on the puck in their end which caused them to make two crucial mistakes by taking a delay of game penalties putting the Hawks on a power play late in regulation.  

The Hawks cashed in on one, which was all they needed to keep their streak alive. Every game it is a new hero but in this one it was a familiar one. Patrick Kane who always seems to become bigger than the moment scored on the power play when Viktor Stalberg found him on the near side. Kane rifled it high past Howard glove side and off to overtime we went.

Credit goes to Stalberg who fought in front of the Wings' net to win that puck and get it to a wide open Kane. Overtime was scoreless. 

The Wings sent out Datsyuk, Brunner and Zetterberg all were stymied by Crawford who stood tall in his first game back from injury.

The Hawks shooters were Toews and Kane. Kane provided more sizzling moves that Motown has not seen since the Jackson 5 were there. Jimmy Howard was completely fooled, as we all were, as to where Kane was going with the puck as he buried stick side to give the Hawks a 2-1 shoot out win.

Another side note on the game the Blackhawks, yes that offensive powerhouse is now first in the NHL in GAG with 1.73 with the best defense in the league. That along with thier goaltending has been the biggest turn around this year. Give the coaching staff credit on this and the players for correcting what hurt them in the past. 

The incredible Hawks continue to gain not only points but confidence and belief. They have played the best in the West and no one has been able to stop them yet. If they continue to play their team game and pay attention to defensive details like they did in this one in front of sensational goaltending, who knows they may never lose in regulation.

Congratulations also to Marian Hossa who played in his 1000th game. Here is to the next 1000.

Watch the Hawks try to continue their streak Tuesday at the United Center against the Minnesota Wild.

 

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GAME RECAP

 

Final score: Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1

CHI goal:  Kane from Stalberg

DET goal: Tatar from Andersson and Eaves

Shoot out Goal scorer: Patrick Kane (GWG)

Three stars:

1)  C. Crawford

2)  J. Howard

3)  P. Kane

 

Winning Goalie: Corey Crawford- 1 GA Sv% .970

Losing Goalie: Jimmy Howard – 1 GA Sv% .970

 

Next game: Tue 3/5 vs Minnesota Wild, 7:30pm CST

 

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