The Chicago Blackhawks fall short of a comeback as the Detroit Red Wings hang on to win by a final score of 3-2 in overtime.
Corey Crawford had the busiest period he’s had all season long as the Blackhawks allowed 21 first period shots. Yes, just the first period. 2 of those 21 shots ended up in the back of the net. Tomas Holmstrom was credited with the first goal on the power-play while Todd Bertuzzi knocked in his 7th goal of the season on a breakaway.
After it looked like the Blackhawks were in for a long afternoon, Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard misjudged a puck behind the net early in the second period and Andrew Shaw was in the right place, at the right time burying his third goal of the year.
That seemed to stir up some momentum. A little under a minute after Shaw’s goal, Patrick Kane drew a penalty, but the Blackhawks failed to capitalize on the power play.
The third period looked like the first period, but this time the Red Wings were the ones that couldn’t get the puck away from the Blackhawks. Detroit allowed 16 third period shots and it was the 16th shot that tied the game with just 52 seconds to go in regulation. Marian Hossa slapped one from the point and it seemed to deflect off of defenseman Niklas Lidstrom’s stick, but as of right now, Jonathan Toews is being credited with the tip-in goal.
In overtime, it was all Detroit. They outshot Chicago 9-0 before Todd Bertuzzi finally squeaked by the game-winning goal.
Corey Crawford was outstanding all game long, stopping 40 of 43, one save away from his season-high. The power play finished 0-for-3; penalty kill went 0-for-1.
The Chicago Blackhawks head back home as they welcome the San Jose Sharks into the Madhouse on Madison tomorrow night; puck drop at 6:00pm CT!