January 10, 2017
Greg Boysen

There is no doubt that the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings play entertaining hockey when they get together, which is a crying shame that it now only happens twice a season!

Brian Campbell got the scoring started at 10:04 with his fourth goal of the year on the power play. Campbell got a shooting lane at the point and his slap shot hit defenseman Alexey Marchenko on its way past goaltender Peter Mrazek.  Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews had the assists on the play.

26 seconds later the Blackhawks doubled their lead.  All-Star Duncan Keith made a great stretch pass up the boards to spring Ryan Hartman on a breakaway.  Mrazek made the initial save, but Richard Panik followed up to put the rebound home for his 10th goal of the year.

While many thought the Blackhawks were well on their way to a blowout after the first period, the Wings had different ideas. Andreas Anthansiou cut the Chicago lead in half just 1:37 into the second period as he went top shelf with quick wrist shot from the right dot.

Tomas Tatar tied the game at 9:09, just seconds after he got out of the penalty box for his second hooking penalty of the night.  While Niklas Hjalmarsson broke his stick behind the net, Brent Seabrook decided to join him below the goal line, leaving Tatar wide open in front of the net to one-time a feed from Dylan Larkin past Corey Crawford.

The crazy second period continued as the Blackhawks’ third line stuck again at 18:18.  Tanner Kero was in the right place at the right time to slam home the puck after the Hartman’s shot from the point was blocked in the slot.  Panik picked up the secondary assist on Kero’s first goal of the season.

Unfortunately the lead did not last long as Luke Glendening tied the game with just 19 seconds remaining the second period as he was able to bank a loose puck at the side of the net off of Campbell and in behind Crawford.

After a scoreless third period, the Blackhawks would need just 38 seconds of overtime to clinch their fourth straight victory.  The Hawks started the extra with a 4-on-3 power play thanks to a dumb boarding penalty on Justin Abdelkader away from the puck with just over 15 seconds left in regulation.  Keith blasted home a one-timer from point off a feed from Artemi Panarin, while Patrick Kane picked up the secondary assist on the game winning goal.

It was a big night for the Blackhawks All-Stars as Kane, Keith and Toews combined for a goal and three assists while Crawford made 33 saves for the win.  28 of the Blackhawks 44 games this season have been decided by one goal and they have an astonishing 17-6-5 record in those games.

The Blackhawks are off until Friday night when they travel to the nation’s capital to play Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. 

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