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Breakdown: Blackhawks-Wings

Dec. 23, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena

Wednesday, 12.23.2009 / 10:36 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Breakdown: Blackhawks-Wings

The Blackhawks started the second period on the power play, and they took advantage of it. Patrick Kane skated towards goaltender Jimmy Howard at the left circle, and fired a shot to the top shelf. It gave the visitors the lead, and they never gave it up.

Even though the final score doesn't reflect it, Howard had a good game for the Wings. He did as much as he could to keep his teammates within reach, stopping numerous rebound chances for the Blackhawks. The second goal came on a rebound and a scramble in front of his goal, and the third occurred when the game was out of reach. Howard made 28 saves on the night, including five on former Red Wing Marian Hossa.

At the beginning of the day, Jakub Kindl didn't even know he was playing in Detroit. The Wings called him up when it was determined Brian Rafalski wouldn't be able to play due to the flu. Kindl only played six minutes, but he didn't allow any goals. He did a good job of filling in with little preparation time.

The Wings went 0-5 on the power play Wednesday night. On their 8:47 worth of man-advantage time, they only recorded seven shots.

After the game, defenseman Brad Stuart talked about his team's struggles in the offensive zone. Here's what he had to say:

"We just gotta find a way to score some goals, that's the bottom line. Strange power plays, we're getting some opportunities but we need to find a way to put it in the net. That's what you need to do, and we just haven't been able to do that."

Hossa made his return to Joe Louis Arena tonight; his first game back since signing with Chicago. He started the game, and his name was greeted with boos. Throughout the contest, the former Wing was booed every time he touched the puck. He recorded five shots on goal, had one assist, and finished plus-one on 19:23 worth of ice-time.

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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