Chicago controlled the offensive chances early, but for the second straight night found themselves in a 1-0 hole after the opening frame. Back-to-back penalty kills late in the period saw a shot deflect off Brent Seabrook during the second minor and right to Taro Hirose at the side of the goal, where he beat a diving Corey Crawford for the opening lead at 18:09.
Chicago's netminder would stop all 23 of the other shots he faced on the night.
The Blackhawks answered quickly in the second period. Just a minute after an Aleksi Saarela deflection of a Dennis Gilbert shot was waived off for high sticking, Brandon Hagel's forechecking effort forced a turnover from Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier behind the net. Hagle quickly gathered the puck and beat a scrambling Bernier on the short side to tie the game 1-1 at 3:33 of the second.
Later in the period, Patrick Kane found Duncan Keith with a cross-ice feed off the rush, and the veteran defenseman sent a half-slap shot whistling past Filip Larsson on the first shot he faced after taking over the Detroit goal at the half point of the period.
The third period saw Chicago outshooot the Wings 11-9 in the highest combined shot total for a period on the night, but neither team found the net to see out a 2-1 game. Following an opening three games in three nights, the Blackhawks are next in action on Saturday night as Boston visits Chicago.