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Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:52 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 3, Red Wings 2
Chicago Blackhawks 3, Detroit Red Wings 2

DETROIT (AP) -Robert Lang's first trip back to Detroit with the Chicago Blackhawks was a smashing success.

He scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period against his former team, helping the Chicago Blackhawks rally for a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Friday night.

Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Sharp also scored for Chicago, which trailed 2-0 after the first period. Lang also had an assist, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 32 saves.

Lang signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent during the summer after playing with the Red Wings for three seasons.

"It was just fun," Lang said of his first trip to Joe Louis Arena.

He converted a power-play chance 9:19 into the third. His one-time slap shot from the top of the left circle bounced in off Hasek's shoulder and gave Chicago a 3-2 lead.

"Just got off a good shot," Lang said. "Went in off his shoulder, got one by Dom."

It was the second time in less than a week that he has scored a big goal against his old team. He tied the game late in the third period last Saturday in a 4-3 shootout win over the Red Wings in Chicago.

Lang and Detroit coach Mike Babcock were never comfortable with one another.

"He's got a lot of ability," Babcock said. "There's never been any question about that."

Lang, whose two goals and assist this season have all come against the Red Wings, also didn't dwell on the relationship.

"A lot of good memories," he said. "I can't say anything bad."

Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper scored for Detroit, which lost in regulation for the first time this season. Dominik Hasek stopped 26 shots.

"I think we started good and had a good first 15 minutes," Zetterberg said. "... But then we stopped."

The Blackhawks scored twice within 1:01 late in the second period to tie it at 2.

Sharp put in a loose puck from a goal-mouth scramble for a power-play goal with 2:27 left in the second, and Seabrook beat Hasek with a screened wrist shot from the point with 1:26 remaining in the period.

Chicago had gone 10 power-play chances without a goal in its first three games, but was 2-for-8 on Friday night.

"The power play's coming. We're shooting a lot," Blackhawks coach Denis Savard said. "We had a lot of chances and came through tonight."

Two fortunate bounces gave Detroit a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Zetterberg's attempted pass across the crease deflected in off the skate of Chicago defenseman Brent Sopel 7:26 into the opening period. Draper's shot from the high slot area trickled through Khabibulin and the Blackhawks goaltender knocked the puck into the net himself as he tried to grab it off the goal line.

"After the first period, we started playing well," Lang said.

Notes: Sopel went to Detroit's training camp as a free agent invitee and played in most of the exhibition games before signing with Chicago. ... The Red Wings wore their usual road white jerseys, and the Blackhawks were in their usual home red jerseys. ... Zetterberg has at least a point in all five of Detroit's games.

scoring summary
1st Period
07:26
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (3) ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (1), Andreas Lilja (2)
1 - 0 DET
09:05
DET
Kris Draper (3) ASST: Tomas Kopecky (1)
2 - 0 DET
2nd Period
17:33
CHI
PPG - Patrick Sharp (1) ASST: Patrick Kane (3), Jonathan Toews (1)
2 - 1 DET
18:34
CHI
Brent Seabrook (1) ASST: Robert Lang (1)
2 - 2 Tie
3rd Period
09:19
CHI
PPG - Robert Lang (2) ASST: Andrei Zyuzin (1), Brent Seabrook (3)
3 - 2 CHI
penalty summary
1st Period
03:45
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Interference against  Adam Burish
10:08
CHI
Robert Lang  Hooking against  Pavel Datsyuk
13:11
DET
Tomas Holmstrom  Interference against  Nikolai Khabibulin
17:25
DET
Dominik Hasek  Tripping against  Jason Williams
19:47
DET
Dallas Drake  Fighting (maj) against  Adam Burish
19:47
CHI
Adam Burish  Fighting (maj) against  Dallas Drake
2nd Period
03:36
CHI
Andrei Zyuzin  Holding against  Matt Ellis
08:08
DET
Brett Lebda  Tripping against  Adam Burish
09:33
DET
Andreas Lilja  Interference against  Magnus Johansson
15:10
CHI
Andrei Zyuzin  Hooking against  Tomas Holmstrom
17:03
DET
Jiri Hudler  Holding the stick against  Rene Bourque
3rd Period
02:20
DET
Chris Chelios  Holding against  Sergei Samsonov
07:24
DET
Andreas Lilja  Slashing against  Rene Bourque
09:41
CHI
Martin Lapointe  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
19:49
CHI
Yanic Perreault  Holding the stick against  Tomas Holmstrom
goalie stats
Nikolai Khabibulin
SA: 36TOI: 60:00
Saves: 34EV: 26 - 28
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .944SH: 3 - 3
Dominik Hasek
SA: 29TOI: 59:08
Saves: 26EV: 8 - 9
PIM: 2PP: 18 - 20
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0