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BREAKDOWN: vs. Chicago

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings
By Bill Roose, Michael Caples and David Burke |

Desparate for points, it didn't take long for the Chicago Blackhawks to gain control of Friday's game at Joe Louis Arena. Just 27-seconds into the first period, defenseman Brent Seabrook put the defending Stanley Cup champions ahead to stay with his eighth goal of the season.

Before the first period of the Red Wings' home season-finale ended, the Blackhawks added another pair of goals by Ben Smith and Brian Campbell. For Smith, his goal, a wrist shot at 6:07, was the first of his NHL career.

The Blackhawks extended thier lead to 4-0 when former Red Wing Marian Hossa added a power-play goal at 6:44 of the second period. It was Hossa's second goal against his former teammates since leaving Detroit following the 2008-09 season. Goalie Corey Crawford also assisted on Hossa's 25th goal. It was the rookie's first career point.

Drew Miller ended a four-period goal drought for the Wings when he took a cross-ice pass from Johan Franzen and fired a shot that beat Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford high to the short side. For Miller, who has been a healthy scratch in eight of the last 20 games, his goal with 22-seconds left in the second period was his first in the 10 games.

The Wings cut their deficit in half when Tomas Holmstrom scored late in the third. The veteran forward whirled and sent a backhander toward the crease. The shot beat Crawford when it was redirected off of the stick of defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.

The Red Wings were without the services of forward Henrik Zetterberg (lower body) and defenseman Niklas Kronwall (upper body). Both veterans will also miss Sunday's season finale in Chicago.

The Blackhawks were able to set the tone early Friday at Joe Louis Arena. Right from the opening face-off, Chicago was able to generate pressure in the Wings’ end, which resulted in Brent Seabrook firing a shot past Jimmy Howard to give the visitors the lead 27-seconds into the game. Seabrook escaped coverage and Patrick Sharp found him with a cross-ice pass just feet away from Howard.

20 Drew Miller crack the 20-point plateau fo the first time in his career. The Wings' forward took a cross-ice pass from Johan Franzen and wristed it high to the short side of Chicago goalie Corey Crawford for his ninth goal of the season.
6 With six hits in the game, Patrick Eaves equalled his season-high. He also had six hits in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars on Dec. 19. The Wings held a 37-18 advantage in hits against the Blackhawks on Friday.
47 Face-offs were a concentration that the Wings didn't fare well on Friday. The Blackhawks won 61 percent of 59 total draws. Valtteri Filppula led the Wings, winning 47 percent of his 17 face-offs.

Patrick Kane
G A P +/- Shots
0 2 2 +2 0

Marian Hossa
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 2

Brent Seabrook
G A P +/- Shots
1 1 2 +1 5

Corey Crawford
28 26 2 60:00 .929

Jimmy Howard
29 25 4 59:08 .893

Brent Seabrook - D

23:16 - T0I, +1 rating

Brian Rafalski - D

22:43 - T0I, E rating

While on a power play, former Red Wing Marian Hossa was able to get behind the Red Wings’ defense just outside the Detroit blue line. Seabrook hit Hossa with a pass, and he raced in for a breakaway. Hossa beat Howard with a low shot, giving the Blackhawks a 4-0 lead.

With the Wings in a desperate need for a goal, Drew Miller delivered. The Detroit winger drove to the Blackhawks’ net and managed to get his stick on a pass from Johan Franzen. Miller was able to redirect the puck into the top corner, beating goaltender Corey Crawford for the Wings’ first goal. Miller was +1 with four shots and one hit on the night.

Justin Abdelkader (+2) was one of two Red Wings (Drew Miller, +1) who finished with plus-ratings in Friday night’s contest at JLA. Abdelkader skated for 13:11, recording one assist, one shot, two hits, and five face-off wins. ... Miller scored a goal in 11:52 of ice time.

With about eight minutes left in the first period, Darren Helm tried to give his team a motivational boost by throwing his body around. The Wings’ speedster collided with Chicago defenseman Chris Campoli in the Blackhawks’ end, shaking the boards and getting a roar out of the Joe Louis Arena crowd.

The Red Wings were outshot 13-5 in the first period. To make matters worse, at one point in the opening frame, the Blackhawks were leading 9-1 in the shot department. Chicago ended up outshooting the Wings 29-28 on the night.

“Obviously you want to go in feeling good about yourself, there’s no way we can leave the rink tonight feeling good about ourselves.”

- Coach Mike Babcock on the loss in the Red Wings' regular-season home finale

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