Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Seabrook, Kane, Panarin Lead The Blackhawks Past Red Wings, 5-2

One of the oldest rivalries in the NHL was re-ignited as the Chicago Blackhawks visited the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.  The teams have played a total of 729 games leading into tonight, with Detroit leading the series.  The Hawks would take tonight's round with a convincing, 5-2 victory.

The game was fast-paced out of the box.  End to end action, scoring chances on both sides.  Only one shot found the back of the net and it came from the stick of Chicago's Brent Seabrook as he cranked a blistering slap shot from the top of the right face off circle, and past Red Wings' goalie, Petr Mrazek.  The Hawks led, 1-0, as well as in shots on goal, 9-8.

The second period, just as quick as the first.  Wide open, end to end hockey, and both goalies coming up strong.  Detroit had an early power play that required Corey Crawford to stand tall in net.  The Red Wings got sloppy and found themselves in a 5-on-3 penalty kill.  The Blackhawks did not take long, as Patrick Kane threw a cross ice pass to Artemi Panarin, who buried a shot into an open net, to make it 2-0.  Still on the power play, the Hawks were not done, as Kane wristed a shot, stick side of Mrazek and it was 3-0.  The key to that goal was Seabrook willing to take a big hit from Justin Abdelkader which made room for Kane to walk in and score.  Period two ended, 3-0, Blackhawks.

The Red Wings came out in the 3rd and pelted Crawford early with some quality chances and Crow was there to make the saves.  While on their 4th power play of the game, Brad Richards got Detroit on the board with a slapshot from the point, to make it 3-1 half way through the period.  Shortly after, Andrew Ladd, through hard work to dig for a rebound shot, popped the puck into the back of the net to regain the 3 goal lead for the Blackhawks, to make it 4-1.  Then to throw Chelsea's Dagger into the mix, a sick cross-ice pass from Kane, back to Panarin, for his 2nd of the night, made it 5-1.  Tomas Tatar added a deflection goal with 2 minutes left, but the Hawks prevailed, 5-2.

Notable Mentions: Corey Crawford won his 34th game of the season tonight, a new career high.  Christian Ehrhoff in his Blackhawks debut, played 17:13.  Those are long minutes for a first game.  Patrick Kane ties his career high of 88 points with 3 points tonight (37G 51A).

Three Stars Of The Game
1st - CHI - Brent Seabrook ~ (1G 3A), +2, 3 Blocked Shots
2nd - CHI - Patrick Kane ~ (1G 2A), +1, 3 Shots
3rd - CHI - Corey Crawford ~ 31 Saves, .939 SV%

Next Game: Thursday, March 3rd, Away Vs. Boston Bruins, 6PM, CT


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