NHL Game Summary - Detroit at Chicago|
(Tuesday, February 21st)
Final Score: Chicago 2, Detroit 1
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Marcus Kruger netted the winner early in the
third period and Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots as Chicago edged Detroit,
2-1, at United Center.
Jimmy Hayes provided the other score for the Blackhawks, who have won four
games in a row.
Valtteri Filppula notched a first-period goal for the Red Wings, whose six-
game win streak came to a halt.
Jimmy Howard made his first start since February 2, but lost despite making 27
Hayes drew the Blackhawks even with 7:45 gone in the second by driving home a
rebound while standing in the crease behind Howard. Duncan Keith started the
play with a floater from the left point which was tipped en route to the
Detroit cage by Bryan Bickell.
Chicago moved ahead for good less than two minutes into the final period, as
Hayes circled in front of Howard and took a backhander which Kruger kept
digging for and eventually chipped home from the right post.
"It's something I've been doing...taking pucks to the net," Hayes said.
"Luckily Kruger was crashing the net."
Howard was pulled for an extra attacker with 1:12 to play but the visitors
failed to find an equalizer.
"We just couldn't find a way to get a couple past Crawford," Howard said. "It
was another great game."
Kruger was in the box on a tripping minor just 34 seconds after the opening
faceoff, and Filppula lit the lamp on a power play just 2:22 in on a wrister
from between the circles.
Six of the last seven games between these Original Six clubs have been decided
by one goal...Prior to the game, the Wings announced that forward Pavel
Datsyuk will miss the next two weeks following right knee surgery...In
addition, forward Danny Cleary returned to the lineup after a five-game
absence following a left-knee procedure, and Howard came back from a broken
finger...The Wings also acquired defenseman Kyle Quincey from the Tampa Bay
Lightning in exchange for a first-round draft pick..The Blackhawks announced
that captain Jonathan Toews and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson will miss the
game with upper-body injuries...Chicago also dealt minor-league forward
Brandon Segal to Tampa Bay for forward Matt Fornataro.
02/22 01:40:07 ET