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Badly outshot, Hawks look Sharp in win

Saturday, 11.17.2007 / 9:25 PM ET / Recap
By Lindsey Ungar  - DetroitRedWings.com Special Writer
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Badly outshot, Hawks look Sharp in win
DETROIT -- The Chicago Blackhawks couldn’t score on the power play. And they
mustered only one goal at even strength, along with an empty netter.

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But at the end of the night — even being outshot 42-17 by Detroit — the
scoreboard read Chicago: 5, Detroit: 3.

Keeping score at home? That’s three shorthanded goals. That’s never
happened against Detroit — ever.

In a strange one, Chicago’s Rene Bourque and Patrick Sharp wreaked havoc
on the Detroit’s power play. The Red Wings have now dropped four
straight against the Blackhawks this season, the most since 1985-86.

“I don’t know how you explain it,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
“When I look at tonight’s game, let’s be honest, we carried the play. We
played pretty well and had every opportunity [to win].”

Bourque started the shorthanded spectacle just over a minute into the
game. Detroit won the faceoff in the Hawks’ zone, but Bourque found the
puck, blew by Brian Rafalski at the point, and beat Dominik Hasek for
the early lead.

Rafalski briefly tied the score for Detroit later in the first, but
Bourque responded on a Wings’ man advantage at 12:49 of the second. A
harmless dump-in to the Detroit zone took a weird bounce off a partition
in the board, and Bourque hit the back of the net before Hasek could
even set up.

But goals from Tomas Holmstrom and Henrik Zetterberg gave Detroit the
lead after two periods.

On the power play, Holmstrom was the benefactor of a Nicklas Lidstrom
point shot and a Henrik Zetterberg deflection. Stuck on the edge of the
paint, Holmstrom stuffed the puck between Nikolai Khabibulin’s pads.

With just 31 seconds left in the middle frame, Pavel Datsyuk put on a
show behind the Blackhawks’ net. Datsyuk skated in from the left side,
but quickly slipped the puck backwards to Zetterberg sneaking in from
the point. It was enough to fool Khabibulin, who didn’t see the puck
until it hit the twine behind him.

“I thought we were taking it to them pretty much the whole [second]
period,” Lidstrom said. “In the third period, we were a little too
passive, waiting to see what they’re going to do instead of continuing
to play how we did in the second.”

Detroit’s 3-2 lead after two periods and complete domination — besides
on its own power play — didn’t last. Sharp took over the Blackhawks’
scoring in the third, adding one at even strength, one shorthanded, and
finished off the hattrick with an empty netter.

In his second game back since returning from a hip injury, Hasek allowed
four goals on 16 shots. He was chased from the net in the last game
against St. Louis after allowing four goals on 12 shots.

“I started to feel like I was doing better,” Hasek said. And then all of
a sudden they score on the rebound, and then a few minutes later the
shorthanded goal.”

Detroit is now winless against Chicago after dominating its Central
Division rival 7-0-1 last season.

“If you play like we did tonight, most every night it’s going to turn
your way,” Babcock said. “A little adversity is not going to kill us,
let’s fight through it. We’ve got a game tomorrow.”

Chris Osgood, whose been out with the flu, will return to the net Sunday
afternoon when Detroit faces Columbus at 5 p.m.


SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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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
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80