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Bernier makes 32 saves in Red Wings win against Blackhawks

Chicago loses ground in Western wild-card race

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

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DETROIT -- The Chicago Blackhawks lost ground in the Western Conference wild-card race after a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Friday.

"This is disappointing, obviously," Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said. "I thought we'd have a great start, but they were a little sharper than we were, and I thought they had more juice."

Chicago fell six points behind the Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks for the two Western wild cards into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We talked about the fact they were going to come hard at us and try to make it difficult," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "I think we played into their hands a little early in the game."


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Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri scored, and Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves for the Red Wings (16-48-5), who had lost six straight games.

"We weren't very good in the third period, but for 40 minutes we looked like the hockey team we know we can be," Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. "It's a lot more fun coming back to the locker room after a win."

Video: CHI@DET: Bertuzzi buries Larkin one-timer from slot

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin said they enjoyed stalling the Blackhawks' playoff drive.

"It's a lot of fun to be a spoiler," he said.

Patrick Kane scored, and Corey Crawford made 23 saves for Chicago (31-29-8), which had won four straight and was playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Blackhawks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday.

"We had a lot of guys play big minutes last night and again tonight," Colliton said. "I thought we got better as the game went on and created chances, but we didn't finish."

Chicago nearly took the lead 1:10 into the first period on a 2-on-1 with Drake Caggiula and Alex DeBrincat. Caggiula's pass gave DeBrincat what seemed like an easy opportunity, but Bernier slid across to make a skate save, then stopped DeBrincat on the rebound.

"That's a huge save, it is an elite, elite save," Blashill said. "There are times goalies can get an early read and start moving across, but [Bernier] didn't have that option. I would have guessed that was going to be a goal."

Bertuzzi gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead 20 seconds into the second period, scoring from the slot to end a 13-game drought.

"When you are winning you don't think about it, but you want to score and contribute," Bertuzzi said. 

Chicago had several odd-man rushes after Bertuzzi's goal but did not score.

"It seemed like he was seeing every shot we took," Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith said. "Even when we tipped something he was able to get in front of it."

Fabbri made it 2-0 on the power play at 10:05, one-timing Gustav Lindstrom's pass. Lindstrom's assist was his first NHL point in his 14th game.

It was the Red Wings' fourth power-play goal in 10 games, and they killed three penalties.

"We haven't won many games with specialty teams this year, for sure. They've cost us because they haven't been good enough," Blashill said. "But tonight we got a big power-play goal and some huge kills, especially in the third period."

Kane pulled the Blackhawks within 2-1 at 18:55, tapping in a pass from Toews.

Video: CHI@DET: Fabbri rockets Lindstrom's set-up for PPG


They said it

"We were still in the game and we knew we hadn't played our best hockey yet. I think we're pretty confident of situations when we're going into the third period down a goal or two. We think we can get ourselves back into the game. We just didn't find a way to make it work." -- Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews 

"We went through a few games after the [NHL] Trade Deadline (Feb. 24) where we were bad, and I don't think we had nearly the life we've had since then. There's more talk on the bench now and it gives life to the team, and then we've got an awesome crowd." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill


Need to know

Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist was scratched after injuring his wrist in warmups. … Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy was shaken up in the final seconds after colliding with the goal post while racing to clear a shot off the goal line, but Colliton said he would be fine. … Kane has scored in three straight games. … Keith played a combined 53:47 in back-to-back games, and Crawford started for the third time in four nights. … Larkin had an assist and has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past eight games. … Blackhawks defenseman Dennis Gilbert had two hits in 13:36 in his first game since Jan. 7. He was recalled from Rockford of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis. … Bernier's last win was Feb. 18, 4-3 against the Montreal Canadiens. 


What's next

Blackhawks: Host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday (5 p.m. ET; FS-D, SUN, NHL.TV)

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