Traverse City, Mich.-In a short competition like the Rookie Tournament, lessons are best learned quickly, and the Blackhawks successfully turned the page on an inconsistent opening effort with a 5-0 win over the the Red Wings on Saturday.
Detroit actually manufactured the game's first scoring opportunity, hitting the post almost immediately after puck drop, but Chicago recovered and played with much of the same pace they showed in Friday's loss to St. Louis.
Early pressure paid off as free-agent invitee Alexandre Fortin lanced a wrist shot past the Red Wings netminder just 5 minutes into the tilt. Fortin was a standout at Prospect Camp in July, but struggled to stand out in Friday's contest. Saturday, he said, he just "kept it simple." That strategy included corralling a gift-wrapped puck in front of Detroit's net late in the first period and calmly slotting it home for his second tally of the period.