After opening preseason action with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Capitals on Monday, the Blackhawks headed to Detroit to take on the Red Wings. Experienced players such as Andrew Shaw, Connor Murphy, Alex DeBrincat, and Dylan Strome entered the lineup tonight, but the Hawks ended up dropping this contest by a score of 5-3. We’ve got all the highlights and key plays right here with the game in GIFs.
The signing of Robin Lehner came as a surprise to many Hawks fans over the summer, but we’re sure glad he’s here. In his first live game action donning the Indianhead, he made a mask save on the first Wings opportunity of the game.
After that, Lehner came up with another save, this time with the left pad.
Lehner was tested early once again, this time getting a piece of Luke Glendening‘s wrist shot to deflect it out of harm’s way.
Matt Puempel opened the scoring in this game by beating Lehner on a slap shot from the right wing.
The aforementioned Andrew Shaw was back in a Blackhawks uniform doing what he does best — driving to the net.
On an odd play where the puck deflected off a couple of players and stayed in the Chicago zone, Chad Krys made a nice breakup to prevent a Detroit scoring chance.
At the 5:32 mark of the middle frame, Shaw won the puck to Dylan Strome, who found Philip Holm streaking to the slot. Holm buried the Hawks first goal of the night on this shot.
The Wings regained the lead when a fluttering puck ended up in front of the net and looked to be knocked in by Hawks defenseman Chad Krys.
With the condensed early preseason schedule, the coaching staff wanted to get a look at as many guys as possible. Kevin Lankinen relieved Robin Lehner in goal a little under halfway through regulation time. Lankinen was tested early and often.
While Slater Koekkoek was in the box for a hooking penalty, Lankinen came up with several saves to help out the Hawks penalty kill.
The Red Wings struck again at the 15:26 mark of the second period when Chris Terry capitalized on a chance from the doorstep.
Dominik Kubalik, who was acquired from Los Angeles for a fifth-round draft pick back in January, got the Blackhawks back within one goal by banging home a backhand chance right in front of the net. Kubalik will be a very intriguing name to watch over the next few weeks, as he will be battling for one of the final forward spots on the opening night roster.
Connor Murphy, a defenseman, got in on the forecheck and generated the first Blackhawks chance of the third period.
On a Chicago power play, Dominik Kubalik came through with his second goal of the game to tie the game at three.
Kevin Lankinen was tested even more in the third period, and this time he came up with a nice save as he was being screened.
Lankinen’s best save of the game came a few minutes later when he robbed Michael Rasmussen of a backhand goal on a rebound opportunity.
Rasmussen would end up scoring the go-ahead goal for Detroit after his centering pass hit off Carl Dahlstrom in front of the net and ended up behind the Hawks netminder.
The Red Wings iced the game thanks to an empty-net goal by Glendening that made it 5-3.
The Blackhawks will play their third game in as many days tomorrow night, but this time they will finally back on United Center ice. They will face the Red Wings once again, and puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM central time.
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