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

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

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Red Wings hang on to beat Hawks 3-2 for first win
Chicago Blackhawks 2, Detroit Red Wings 3

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,

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



scoring summary
1st Period
2nd Period
Patrick Sharp (3) ASST: Kris Versteeg (3), Brent Seabrook (4)
1 - 0 CHI
PPG - Nicklas Lidstrom (1) ASST: Jason Williams (2), Henrik Zetterberg (3)
1 - 1 Tie
Kris Draper (1) ASST: Kirk Maltby (2), Jonathan Ericsson (1)
2 - 1 DET
PPG - Johan Franzen (1) ASST: Tomas Holmstrom (1), Pavel Datsyuk (1)
3 - 1 DET
3rd Period
PPG - Kris Versteeg (1) ASST: Patrick Sharp (2), Cam Barker (1)
3 - 2 DET
Power Play Stats
Power Plays1/52/5
Power Play %17.6%23.8%
% on Road19.5%20.7%
% at Home15.8%26.6%
League Rank20th2nd
penalty summary
1st Period
Kirk Maltby  Hooking against  Colin Fraser
Radek Smolenak  Fighting (maj) against  Brad May
Brad May  Fighting (maj) against  Radek Smolenak
Dustin Byfuglien  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
2nd Period
Kris Draper  Hooking against  Bryan Bickell
Daniel Cleary  Cross checking against  John Madden
Duncan Keith  Hooking against  Valtteri Filppula
Duncan Keith  Interference against  Pavel Datsyuk
Brian Campbell  Hooking against  Ville Leino
3rd Period
Jason Williams  Slashing against  Duncan Keith
Brent Seabrook  Holding against  Jason Williams
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
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