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In-Game Recap: Red Wings at Chicago

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks don't really need any help but they got some before Sunday night's game.

Pavel Datsyuk was a late scratch due to illness.

In 64 career games against the Blackhawks, Datsyuk has 15 goals and 34 assists.

Henrik Zetterberg shifted to center on the top line and Dylan Larkin will move up to play wing. Justin Abdelkader is the other wing on the line.

Teemu Pulkkinen draws into the lineup and will play on a line with Andreas Athanasiou and Brad Richards.

Meanwhile, Petr Mrazek gets another chance.

After allowing five goals in a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday at Joe Louis Arena, Mrazek is back in net for tonight's game at Chicago's United Center.

Although Wings coach Jeff Blashill said he made the decision after Wednesday night's game, he chose not to reveal it until today.

"Petr’s earned the No. 1 spot but I believe you need two guys ready," Blashill said. "I think Jimmy (Howard)’s played great the last number of games. It gives me great confidence to put him in the next chance we feel is the right time. I’ll evaluate that after tonight’s game."

It will be Mrazek's first career start in Chicago.

Corey Crawford will start for the Blackhawks.

In 20 career games against the Wings, Crawford is 13-3-4 with a 1.95 goals-against average and .938 save percentage.

Crawford's 13 wins over the Wings are second-most against any team. He has 14 against the St. Louis Blues.

The power play could have a slightly different look as the Wings will try Tomas Jurco as a net-front presence on the second unit in place of Riley Sheahan.

"I think there’s a number of guys that can do a good job at the net front on the power play," Blashill said. "The power play hasn’t been effective enough. Jurco I hadn’t tried yet, so I said, 'why not give him a shot at being in that spot?' Luke Glendening was in that spot when we scored the last goal because of his ability to win face-offs, which I think is an important part of the power play, so we’ll keep trying different guys in that spot and see who's most effective."

Blashill said one challenge with using Sheahan or Darren Helm in that role is they already have a lot of responsibility on the other special team.

"We’ve wanted them to really concentrate on being great penalty killers and our penalty kill was going in a real good direction until the last game and they were a big part of it, so we felt like let’s just have them focus on that," Blashill said.

Although Blashill said the rest of the lineup decisions would be made after warm-ups, based upon the last two days of practice, it appears that defenseman Brendan Smith will return to the lineup and play on a pair with Mike Green.

Alexey Marchenko will be a healthy scratch.

The Blackhawks have a potent offense and it didn't take long to show it off.

Patrick Kane scored just 21 seconds into the game, on a rush from the right circle. Michal Rozsival had the lone assist.

While Smith was in the box for tripping Chicago captain Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith's shot from the high slot eluded Mrazek glove-side at 6:19.

After the shot went in, Blashill pulled Mrazek in favor of Howard.

Mrazek allowed two goals on five shots.

Danny DeKeyser intercepted a Chicago pass and passed the puck to Gustav Nyquist in the right circle.

Nyquist beat Crawford top shelf at 8:34 for his 16th goal of the season.

Justin Abdelkader had to leave the game midway through the first after getting hit in the face with Mike Green's shot from the point but had returned before the end of the period.

The Blackhawks missed a golden opportunity when Anisimov was alone on the right side with an open net and missed at 13:37.


SCORING: 1. CHI, Patrick Kane (38), Michal Rozsival, :21. 2. CHI, PPG, Duncan Keith (9), Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov, 6:19. 3. DET, Gustav Nyquist (16), Danny DeKeyser, 8:34.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, minor, Tomas Jurco, cross-checking, 2:26. 2. CHI, minor, Duncan Keith, toughing, 2:26. 3. DET, minor, Brendan Smith, tripping, 4:32. 4. DET, minor, Niklas Kronwall, interference, 19:11.

SHOTS: Detroit 8, Chicago 11.

The Blackhawks started the period with 1:12 left on the power play.

The Wings killed it off, allowing just one shot.

Then Richard Panik was called for tripping at 3:48, giving the Wings a power play. But the Wings were unable to capitalize.

The Wings got a second man-advantage at 8:53, when the Blackhawks were caught with too many men on the ice.

With Panarin serving the infraction, the Wings had four shots on goal but couldn't get one past Crawford.

The highlight of the period for the local fans, a season-high 22,247 of them, was the appearance of Lady Gaga and her fiancé, actor Taylor Kinney, on the Kiss Cam.

Thanks in part to time on the penalty kill, the Blackhawks were held to just three shots in the period, the fewest since Feb. 28 against the Washington Capitals.

Toews took a slashing call with less than one second left in the second.



PENALTIES: 1. CHI, minor, Richard Panik,  tripping, 3:48. 2. CHI. bench minor, too many men, 8:53.

SHOTS: Detroit 13 (21), Chicago 3 (14).

The Wings started the third with nearly an entire power play.

Although they had a couple of shots, Crawford was able to make the saves.

After a turnover, Teuvo Teravainen had a great chance from the left circle that Howard stopped at 7:23.

Darren Helm found Tomas Jurco in the right circle at 9:05 but once again, Crawford was there to deny him.

The Wings wanted to stay out of the box but weren't able to do so, which led to more Chicago scoring.

Green was in the box for hooking at 10:54 when Artem Anisimov scored his 19th of the season at 11:15. Panarin and Brent Seabrook assisted.

Just 1:08 later, Toews scored his 24th of the season, assisted by Andrew Desjardins and Rozsival.

The Wings pulled Howard for the extra attacker but were unable to make a dent in the three-goal lead.

It was Crawford's 14th career win against the Wings, tying the most against any team. He also has 14 against the St. Louis Blues.


SCORING: 1. CHI, PPG, Artem Anisimov (19), Artemi Panarin, Brent Seabrook, 11:15. 2. CHI, Jonathan Toews (24), Andrew Desjardins, Michal Rozsival, 12:23.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, minor, Mike Green, hooking, 10:54.

SHOTS: Detroit 13 (34), Chicago 12 (26).

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