In Sunday night’s 7-2 win, the Blackhawks were outshot severely but Kevin Lankinen made a career-high 44 saves while 12 different players recorded a point.
The first period saw the Red Wings record 21 shots on goal, but it was the Blackhawks who had a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Nikita Zadorov opened the scoring near the midway point of the period. David Kampf entered the zone with speed, pushed back the defense, slowed up, and found Zadorov in the slot who buried his first of the season and first as a Blackhawk.
Ryan Carpenter scored his second of the season with just under three minutes remaining in the opening frame, but Detroit would answer moments later.
The Blackhawks allowed 21 shots in the first period but just nine scoring chances. The Blackhawks themselves created 13 scoring chances.
In a scoreless second period, both teams were credited with ten shots on goal. Lankinen turned aside 30 of the 31 shots he had faced through two periods, while in front of him the Blackhawks started to spend more time in their opponent’s end of the ice.
An Historical Third Period
With the hockey world watching to see Patrick Kane attempt to score his 400th career goal, it was his playmaking ability on full display minutes into the third period.
Kane took the attention of the Red Wings’ defense while streaking into the offensive zone before dropping the puck to Pius Suter who walked into the slot a fired one past Thomas Greiss to extend his team’s lead to two. Suter now has seven goals and leads all NHL rookies.
The Red Wings were outshooting the Blackhawks nine to one in the period, but Lankinen made a few acrobatic saves to keep his team in control on the scoreboard. The Blackhawks would get their first man-advantage of the game, as their two prior power plays were quickly negated. Carpenter scored his second goal of the game on the power play to give the Blackhawks a 4-1 lead.
With all eyes on Patrick Kane milestone watch, the man they call Showtime did not disappoint tonight.
Nearly halfway through the third period, Kane and Suter entered the offensive zone on a clean 2-on-1 break. Kane out-waited the defenseman, evaded the poke check, and snapped one past Greiss to tally his 400th career goal. He is the 100th player in NHL history to reach that milestone.
The Red Wings would score on the power play minutes later, but Dominik Kubalik and Alex Debrincat both added goals down the stretch as the Blackhawks won 7-2.
The Blackhawks are now 12-7-4 and are 7-3 in their last ten. They have 28 out of a possible 46 points and currently sit in third place in the Discover Central Division.
This was an early must-win situation for the Blackhawks. They put together a lackluster effort in Saturday’s 5-3 loss against a Detroit team that should be considered “easy” points. Tonight the Blackhawks did well to keep the Red Wings to the outside and exploded in the third period for five goals. In a shortened season, there is no room to lose back-to-back games and the Blackhawks proved they could handle business when they needed to.
12 different players recorded at least one point in tonight’s game. Nikita Zadorov scored his first of the season. Ryan Carpenter tallied two goals, and even Matthew Highmore picked up an assist. Goals at even strength have not come easy for the Blackhawks for much of the season, but tonight they got contributions up and down the lineup on their way to scoring six even-strength goals.
What’s On Tap Next?
The Blackhawks have the next three days off before continuing their homestand with a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Game one of the series is set for Thursday at 7:00 PM CT. The Blackhawks lost their first two games of the season to the Lightning while allowing five goals in each game. They will hope for a better effort Thursday against the defending Stanley Cup champions.
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