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game recap

Red Wings hang on to beat Hawks 3-2 for first win

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:17 AM

NHL.com


The relief in Mike Babcock's voice was palpable.

After watching his team blow two-goal leads in back-to-back losses to St. Louis in Stockholm, a relieved Babcock saw his Detroit Red Wings get their first victory of the season by holding off the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night. Goals by Kris Draper and Johan Franzen in a 1:34 span of the second period and a 31-save performance by Chris Osgood were enough to give the Wings a victory in their home opener.

"It was a big win for us," Babcock said. "It takes some of the pressure off."

Draper's goal at 16:15 of the second period broke a 1-1 tie, and Franzen followed with a power-lay goal at 17:49. That was enough to survive Kris Versteeg's power-play goal midway through the third period -- mostly because Osgood was much sharper than he had been in the season-opener, a 4-3 loss.

"Ozzie was really good," Babcock said. "I don't know if he played that good in any game the first half of last year."

Osgood said the remodeled Wings -- who lost players who scored 88 goals last season -- will have to pay more attention to defense to overcome the missing offense.

"We're going to have a different look in April," said Osgood, who led the Wings to the Cup in 2008 and got them to Game 7 of the Final last spring. "We're going to be harder to play against. You saw a glimpse of it with our penalty-killing with our guys blocking shots."

The Wings were shaky down the stretch after Versteeg's goal. Chicago outshot Detroit 15-4 in the third period, but Osgood made the lead stand up in the teams' first meeting since Detroit eliminated the Hawks in the Western Conference Final last spring.

"We looked like a team that hadn't won this year in the third period," Babcock said. "We got a little defensive and back on our heels. We let Chicago come at us."

Chicago coach Joel Quenneville, meanwhile, wants to keep his club from getting down after a 1-1-1 start. The Hawks were playing their first game in North America after a win and a shootout loss to Florida in Helsinki last weekend.

"If we keep playing like that, we'll find a way to win," Quenneville said. "We had puck-possession time, we had chances, we had zone time."

After a scoreless first period, the Hawks opened the scoring when Patrick Sharp scored 1:23 into the second, giving him goals in all three of Chicago's games. The Hawks had a chance to expand its lead but couldn't capitalize on a 5-on-3 power play for 1:53.

"The 5-on-3 turned the game for us," Babcock said.

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom tied it with a power-play goal at 10:26, a shot that caromed into the net.

"The turning point was the one that went off my skate into the net," Madden said. "Changed the momentum of the game. Before that, I thought we were in the driver's seat."

--John Kreiser, NHL.com

Material from wire services and team media was used in this report

 

 

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
01:23
CHI
Patrick Sharp (3) Tip-in - ASST: Kris Versteeg (3), Brent Seabrook (4)
1 - 0 CHI
10:36
DET
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Jason Williams (2), Henrik Zetterberg (3)
1 - 1 Tie
16:15
DET
Kris Draper (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kirk Maltby (2), Jonathan Ericsson (1)
2 - 1 DET
17:49
DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (1) Tip-in - ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (1), Pavel Datsyuk (1)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
10:24
CHI
PPG - Kris Versteeg (1) Snap shot - ASST: Patrick Sharp (2), Cam Barker (1)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
02:21
DET
Kirk Maltby  Hooking against  Colin Fraser
10:34
CHI
Radek Smolenak  Fighting (maj) against  Brad May
10:34
DET
Brad May  Fighting (maj) against  Radek Smolenak
13:35
CHI
Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
2nd Period
02:56
DET
Kris Draper  Hooking against  Bryan Bickell
03:03
DET
Daniel Cleary  Cross checking against  John Madden
05:38
CHI
Duncan Keith  Hooking against  Valtteri Filppula
09:10
CHI
Duncan Keith  Interference against  Pavel Datsyuk
17:15
CHI
Brian Campbell  Hooking against  Ville Leino
3rd Period
09:38
DET
Jason Williams  Slashing against  Duncan Keith
11:58
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Holding against  Jason Williams
18:22
DET
Niklas Kronwall  Holding against  Patrick Kane
goalie stats
Cristobal Huet
SA: 23TOI: 58:17
Saves: 20EV: 16 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .870SH: 0 - 0
Chris Osgood
SA: 34TOI: 59:56
Saves: 32EV: 24 - 25
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .941SH: 1 - 1