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Glendening helps Red Wings top Blackhawks

by Paul Harris

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings capitalized on the opportunities they were given Friday.

Luke Glendening had a goal and an assist to lead Detroit to a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

"I thought we played well, especially the first two periods," Glendening said. "I thought there were parts of the third where they took over, but we had done enough work in the first two that we were OK."

Chicago turnovers led to Detroit's first three goals, the first two on passes from deep in the Blackhawks zone through the middle of the ice.

"We served up a second pizza," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "The first goal was a tough play, and the second goal was a tough play."

The result was Detroit's first regulation win against Chicago at home in 12 games.

Johan Franzen, Tomas Tatar and Brendan Smith also scored for Detroit (8-3-5), which scored goals 1:10 apart early in the second period to break a 1-1 tie. Jimmy Howard made 25 saves.

"In the second, I think that was our best period," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We got the bounces on our side and we started well."

Patrick Kane scored for Chicago (9-7-1). Corey Crawford stopped 33 shots.

"I don't think that's the effort we've had at times. We gave them two opportunities for their first two goals. We didn't get the response we wanted," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "We've got to keep the puck out of the middle of the ice, especially in the defensive zone."

Franzen scored his fifth goal 4:49 into the second period to give the Red Wings the lead for good. He converted a backhand pass from Zetterberg after a turnover by Kane, who tried to chip a pass up the middle from the left circle. Franzen flipped his backhand shot high into the net when Crawford lunged out and tried to make a pokecheck.

"There's certain plays when you get the puck, someone might be open in that situation," Kane said. "That's certainly no excuse. … I've got to be better at that."

It was Franzen's third goal in three games.

Detroit again capitalized on a turnover, this time at center ice, when Tatar put in a rebound of Joakim Andersson's shot for his fifth goal at 5:59 of the second.

Smith scored into an empty net with 2:09 left in the third for his second goal of the season.

Detroit had 20 shots in the second period, the most shots Chicago has allowed in a period this season.

"We felt good. In the second we had the puck a lot and a lot of energy," Zetterberg said. "We kept going and playing in their end."

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was pleased with Detroit's speed against the Blackhawks.

"I thought we looked fast, so that's a positive," he said. "It's always nice to look fast against a good opponent. I thought we did a real good job in the second period to tilt the rink a little bit."

Glendening opened the scoring 6:08 into the game when he capitalized on a turnover by Chicago forward Kris Versteeg.

Glendening put a backhand shot just under the crossbar as he skated across the crease and grabbed the rebound of Drew Miller's shot from the slot.

Miller intercepted the puck when Versteeg, in the right corner of the Blackhawks zone, attempted to pass it through the middle.

The results were Glendening's second goal and Quenneville benching Versteeg for the rest of the first period.

"There's mistakes and there's cardinal sins. The purists in hockey wouldn't tolerate that play," Quenneville said.

Kane's power-play goal tied it with 8:44 left in the first period. He beat Howard with a wrist shot under the crossbar from the bottom of the left circle after taking a cross-crease pass from Toews. It was Kane's fifth goal.

Howard made an outstanding save on Kane from the bottom of the right circle off the rush and stopped Kane's rebound attempt with about 9:30 remaining in the first period.

"It was just tracking the puck," Howard said. "He got a couple of whacks at it, but I was able to get my glove on it before he got it."

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