In their first two meetings of the season, the Blackhawks outscored the Red Wings 10-3. Monday’s matchup was much closer as the Blackhawks won in overtime 3-2.
Malcolm Subban made his fourth start of the season and had to make three big saves in the opening minutes of the game. The Blackhawks did not record their first shot on goal until the five-minute mark when Mattias Janmark took a slick feed from Carl Soderberg and buried his sixth of the season.
Janmark has averaged 17:50 of ice time this season and has been a versatile player with his tenacity and nose for the net. He wasn’t brought in to score goals, so his start with the team has been a pleasant surprise.
The Red Wings continued to outshoot the Blackhawks until the away team extended their lead to two on just their fifth shot. Brandon Hagel, like he has done all year, made a great hustle play to chip the puck into the Wings’ zone where he retrieved the puck on his backhand and sent a pass to the slot where Dominik Kubalik deflected it past Thomas Greiss.
The goal marked Kubalik’s fourth tally of the season, but his first at even strength. He may not be scoring at the same torrid rate as last season, but Kubalik has still found ways to contribute to the team’s success when he’s not scoring. He has nine assists, which is over half of his total in the helper department from last season.
The Red Wings finally beat Subban with seconds remaining in the opening frame. The Blackhawks were lucky to go into the locker room with a lead after being outshot 13-6.
Scoreless Second, Wings Tie Early in Third
The middle frame saw the Red Wings control much of the play early on once again. The Blackhawks didn’t record their first shot of the period until the six-minute mark. The Blackhawks had two unsuccessful power plays in the second period, but only allowed six shots. They took their 2-1 lead into the final stanza.
Six minutes into the period, the Red Wings tied the game at two when Cristian Djoos walked to the middle of the slot and beat Subban on the stick side. It was one of only a few times the Blackhawks allowed the Red Wings to get into primary scoring areas.
For the second straight game, the Blackhawks did just enough to force overtime. Subban had to make timely saves late in the period to keep the tee game tied, while his teammates in front of him registered just three shots in the final 20 minutes.
Kubalik Scores GWG
The Red Wings got the first dangerous scoring chance of extra time, but they lost the puck on a 3-on-1 break. Minutes later Pius Suter rang one off the post but eventually set up the game-winner when he and Kuablik entered the zone on a 2-on-1. Kubalik beat Greiss for the second time and the Blackhawks won 3-2.
The Blackhawks are now 8-5-4 with 20 out of a possible 34 points. They are 6-2-2 in their last ten games.
Dominik Kubalik now has five goals on the season. He has played the fourth-most minutes by a Blackhawks forward, but just the fifth-most on the power play where he excels. Though his goal-scoring may not be at the same pace as last season, Kubalik is still contributing and has 53 shots on goal, the second-most on the team.
Malcolm Subban allowed two goals on 29 shots to record his second win of the season. His .931 save percentage in tonight’s game is much better than his season average of .913 and his rebound control has improved.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Blackhawks stay in Detroit to face the Red Wings again on Wednesday at 6:30 PM CT. They’ll follow that up by flying to Carolina later in the week for their second stop of three during this six-game road trip. Tune in to the Four Feathers Podcast for further Blackhawks postgame commentary.