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In-Game Recap: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT -- It's time to renew the rivalry.

The Red Wings face the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time since Feb. 18, 2015 at Chicago.

The two teams play at the United Center on Sunday evening.

Petr Mrazek returns as the starting goaltender after missing Monday night's game with a tender groin.

"I had a problem with my groin, I stretched my leg a little bit so that was a good one day off and I'm ready to go," Mrazek said after the morning skate.

It is Mrazek's first career game against the Blackhawks.

Corey Crawford, just named to Team Canada's initial World Cup team, starts for the Blackhawks.

Crawford is 12-3-4 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .938 save percentage in 19 games against the Wings.

In order to have success against the Blackhawks, the Wings will probably need to score first and stay out of the penalty box as the Blackhawks are 34-5-3 when scoring first and have the league's second-ranked power play.

Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg will skate in his 900th career game.

In 40 games against the Blackhawks, Zetterberg has 11 goals and 33 assists.

Zetterberg's line mate, Pavel Datsyuk, has 18 goals and 30 assists in 40 games against the Blackhawks.

While Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville knows all about Zetterberg and Datsyuk, he is also concerned about facing rookies Dylan Larkin and Andreas Athanasiou.

"In a short amount of time you notice him (Athanasiou)," Quenneville said. "You've got one guy coming and if the other guy is coming late, that's a dangerous tandem. (Brad Richards) playing with those two guys, I'm sure he's loving it. Those two guys are young and creative and quick. That line is dangerous."

The Red Wings had an early chance 18 seconds into the game when Zetterberg shot from the left side in close but Crawford was there for the save.

The Blackhawks took the early lead when Brent Seabrook's shot from the right circle beat Mrazek glove side at 2:23.

Erik Gustafsson and Teuvo Teravainen picked up the assists.

On the other end, Crawford had to make saves on Justin Abdelkader and Pavel Datsyuk.

Mrazek stopped Richard Panik on the right doorstep at 9:29, drawing oohs from the crowd.


SCORING: 1. CHI, Brent Seabrook (13), Erik Gustafsson, Teuvo Teravainen, 2:23.


SHOTS: Detroit 8, Chicago 9.

Datsyuk had a couple of good chances early in the second but Crawford saved one and Datsyuk shot wide on another.

Then Andrew Shaw was called for hooking Tomas Tatar at 3:52 and the Wings got the first power play of the game.

But then Dylan Larkin was called for hooking Jonathan Toews 50 seconds into the man-advantage.

Neither team recorded a shot on goal during their brief power plays.

Midway through the period, Jonathan Ericsson hit Andrew Desjardins near the boards and Desjardins took immediate exception, dropping the gloves.

Desjardins received a double-minor for roughing and Ericsson a minor for roughing.

The Wings had three shots but were not able to capitalize.

At 13:22, Zetterberg was called for tripping and at 14:09, Niklas Kronwall was called for hooking, giving Chicago's dangerous power play a two-man advantage for 1:13.

The Blackhawks didn't take long as Patrick Kane found a wide-open Artemi Panarin at the left side of the net and Panarin didn't miss, scoring his 23rd goal of the season at 14:34.

With the second power play about to expire, it was Kane's turn, extending his league-leading point total to 87, beating Mrazek stick-side at 16:00.


SCORING: 1. CHI, PPG, Artemi Panarin (23), Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook, Duncan Keith 14:34. 2. CHI, PPG, Patrick Kane (37), Seabrook, 16:00.

PENALTIES: 1. CHI, minor, Andrew Shaw, hooking, 3:52. 2. DET, minor, Dylan Larkin, hooking, 4:42. 3. CHI, double minor, Andrew Desjardins, roughing, 9:59.  Second minor served by Dennis Rasmussen. 4. DET, minor, Jonathan Ericsson, roughing, 9:59. 5. DET, minor, Henrik Zetterberg, tripping, 13:22.

SHOTS: Detroit 15 (23). Chicago 13 (22).

The Wings got an early power-play opportunity as Niklas Hjalmarsson was called for delay of game 21 seconds into the period, but once again, the Wings weren't able to capitalize.

The power-play goal scored by Panarin in the second was the first power-play goal allowed by the Wings in the last 20 chances, dating back to Feb. 15 at the New York Islanders.

The Wings finally beat Crawford at 9:49 when Kane was in the box for slashing.

Richards' shot from the left point eluded Crawford, who was screened by Luke Glendening.

Mike Green and Tomas Tatar got the assists.

But the Blackhawks showed their offensive might once again as recently re-acquired forward Andrew Ladd scored at 14:03 on his second rebound chance, Keith and Seabrook assisting.

Just 35 seconds later, Panarin got his second of the game as Kane passed from the right boards to the left circle, where Panarin was waiting.

Gustav Nyquist scored his 16th goal of the season at 17:51. Ericsson and Riley Sheahan assisted.

Crawford improved to 34-16-3, the 34 victories a new career high.


SCORING: 1. DET, PPG, Brad Richards (8), Mike Green, Tomas Tatar, 9:49. 2. CHI, Andrew Ladd (18), Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, 14:03. 3. CHI, Artemi Panarin (24, 2nd of game), Patrick Kane, 14:38. 4. DET, Gustav Nyquist (16), Jonathan Ericsson, Riley Sheahan, 17:51.

PENALTIES: 1. CHI, minor, Niklas Hjalmarsson, delay of game, :21. 2. CHI, minor, Patrick Kane, slashing, 9:37.

SHOTS: Detroit 10 (33). Chicago 11 (33).

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