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An old friend haunts Red Wings in 3-2 loss

Friday, 10.12.2007 / 10:00 PM ET / Recap
By Lindsey Ungar  - DetroitRedWings.com Special Writer
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An old friend haunts Red Wings in 3-2 loss
DETROIT -- An old friend is turning out to be not so friendly.

Last Saturday, Robert Lang scored the game-tying goal with minutes left in the third period, sending the game to overtime. The Blackhawks went on to win the game in the shootout.

And on Friday, Lang, who spent parts of the last three seasons with the Red Wings, delivered the knockout punch, lifting Chicago to a 3-2 win at Joe Louis Arena.

With the Wings fighting off a second consecutive penalty, Lang clocked a one-timer that clipped Dominik Hasek’s shoulder and rolled over the goal line midway through the third. It was Lang’s second goal of the season — and both have been against his old teammates.

“He’s got ability; we all know that,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “I don’t think anybody’s surprised about that. The bottom line is that we’ve got to be better.”

Penalties killed the Wings, who sat for 21 minutes in the box. The Blackhawks managed only nine shots against the Wings at even strength, but peppered the Detroit net for 20 with the man-advantage, netting two goals.

“The bottom line is any time you’re going to the box as much as we were tonight," Babcock said, "you’re not using enough people and you’re using all of your energy to kill penalties.”

Chicago got its first goal on a power play at 17:33 of the second. Even though Detroit held a 2-0 lead going into the frame, two quick strikes from the Hawks evened the game and shifted momentum — for good.

With Jiri Hudler called off for holding the stick, Chris Chelios and Nicklas Lidstrom couldn’t find the puck near the crease. Eight players converged around Hasek, but only one — the Hawks' Patrick Sharp — found the puck and roofed it into the empty top half of the net, cutting Detroit’s lead in half.

A minute later, Brent Seabrook’s bullet from the point found its way through traffic in front and sailed past a screened Hasek to knot the game at 2-2. The Hawks also battled back from a two-goal deficit last week against the Wings.

“You got to give credit to them for battling back really good,” Wings left wing Tomas Holmstrom said. “A 2-0 lead should be enough for us.”

The Wings dominated the early going of the game. At 7:26 of the first period, Holmstrom found Henrik Zetterberg near the goal line in the corner. Zetterberg threw the pick toward the net, where it pinballed off Hawks defenseman Brent Sopel and behind Nikolai Khabibulin. The goal extended Zetterberg’s home scoring streak to 20 games, dating back to last season.

The Wings took a 2-0 lead midway through the first period. Tomas Kopecky collided with a Hawk in the slot, but managed to slide the puck over to open ice. Kris Draper stepped up, delivering a bomb that Khabibulin bobbled and watched trickle over the goal line.

After a three-game homestand, the Wings now embark on a weeklong, four-game road trip to the west coast.

“Now we’re going to find out if we can win on the road,” Babcock said. “I think that’s really important to find out what kind of team you have.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80