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Chicago Blackhawks Beat Detroit Red Wings in Shootout, Extend Historic Streak

Blackhawks vs. Red Wings from last season.
Blackhawks vs. Red Wings from last season.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Michael PrunkaCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2013

Just when it looked like the Detroit Red Wings were going to put an end to the Chicago Blackhawks' historic streak, Patrick Kane netted a late power-play goal to send the game into overtime.

After 65 minutes without a decision, Kane beat Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard in the second round of the shootout to win the game for the Hawks.

If not for Kane's game-tying goal, the Hawks would have left their season-opening point streak in Detroit.

However, Hawks netminder Corey Crawford's performance was most vital to the Hawks staying in this game.

The Hawks dominated most of the first 40 minutes of the game. Then Tomas Tatar came out and scored less than three minutes into the third period to break the stalemate.

That goal shifted the momentum towards the home team. Niklas Hjalmarsson took a tripping penalty about a minute and a half later to give the Wings a power play. After trailing in shots throughout the game, the Wings took over the shots battle on that man advantage.

Despite all the offensive pressure they put on Crawford and the Hawks, the Wings were unable to light the lamp again.

What really cost them the game were the two delay of game penalties they took late in the third.

With 2:25 left in regulation, the Hawks went on the power play. Viktor Stalberg was able to feed thew puck to Kane in the slot to tie the game with 2:02 left in the period.

A second delay of game penalty left the Wings shorthanded for the remainder of the third and for the first 37 seconds of overtime. While the Hawks didn't convert, it helped them regain crucial momentum.

Overtime came and went without a deciding goal.

Crawford and Howard each faced 33 shots in 65 minutes of hockey and each let one in.

Crawford held his own in the shootout, saving shots from Pavel Datsyuk, Damien Brunner and Henrik Zetterberg. Howard was able to stop Jonathan Toews, but Kane found twine to win the shootout for Chicago.

This Original Six rivalry game didn't disappoint. Even though it was low scoring, it was arguably the most exciting game of this season.

In his 1,000th career game, Marian Hossa left the Joe Louis Arena with a win and his team's streak alive.

 

Scoring summary:

Tomas Tatar at 17:17 in the 3rd Period, assisted by Joakim Andersson and Patrick Eaves.

Patrick Kane at 2:02 in the 3rd Period, assisted by Viktor Stalberg.

 

Michael Prunka is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist. Stay up to date with him by liking his Facebook page and following him on Twitter.


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