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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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