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Round 1: Blackhawks edge Red Wings, 3-2

Five more of those please!

The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings put on sixty minutes of playoff-like hockey in front of a season high 22,166 at the United Center Friday night and the Hawks prevailed in the end with a 3-2 victory.

For sixty minutes, it seemed as though the only stoppages in play were for the two intermissions. The game opened with five or six minutes of continuous, back-and-forth action before the first whistle was ever blown.

Justin Abdelkader gave the Red Wings the early lead half-way through the first period after a big rebound was given up by Hawks goalie Corey Crawford. It seemed to sit there in the slot forever after the initial Drew Miller ...

Game Preview: Red Wings @ Nashville

Earlier this season, the Wings easily defeated the Predators on home ice. Tonight, the two teams meet for their second of six scheduled regular season games, this time in Nashville.

The momentum is on both sides tonight as the Wings and Predators are both looking for a fourth consecutive win. So far this season, Nashville has faired better at home than on the road, so even with them currently being ranked fourth in the division (Wings are second), the home advantage may prove to be useful.

If Nashville plans on stopping Detroit however, it is going to require making Pavel Datsyuk a non-factor. The Wings center has 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in his last 12 games. 8 of thos...

Wings Continue Rolling, Franzen, Filppula Still Hot

The Detroit Red Wings won their seventh consecutive game tonight as they defeated the battered and bruised Buffalo Sabres. This is also the fourth straight win away from the Joe for the men who wear the winged wheel.

The Wings got off to a great start in the first, and had the Sabres on their heels early. Jakub Kindl netted his first of the year, as the defenceman get in on the scoring yet again. Johan Franzen continues his fantastic year, when he put one high blocker side past Enroth on the powerplay after a nice feed from Lidstrom. Just over a minute after the Franzen tally, Valtteri Filppula continued his hot streak with his 8th goal of the season.

Jimmy Howard continu...