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Eaves' hustle gives spark to Wings

Foot race leads to Wings' goal in shootout loss to Blackhawks

Sunday, 03.3.2013 / 5:10 PM ET / Recap
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Eaves\' hustle gives spark to Wings

Patrick Eaves picked up an assists in Sunday's shootout loss, his four of the season, which leads all bottom six forwards. (Photo by Dave Reginek)

DETROIT – Hard work, discipline, and attention to detail has been the mantra for the new-look Red Wings this season. And it was epitomized by Patrick Eaves Sunday afternoon when he helped set-up Tomas Tatar’s third-period goal that gave Detroit a 1-0 lead over the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena.

Eaves, who missed an entire calendar year with post-concussion symptoms, raced down the right wing with inside position on Nick Leddy before beating the Blackhawks’ defenseman to the puck below the goal line.

From there, rookie center Joakim Andersson got the puck behind the net and pushed it out front to Tatar who finished the play by beating Chicago goalie Corey Crawford to the short side.

“I hopped off the bench there and Kronner saw me. It was kind of a foot race,” said Eaves who’s picked up a goal and an assist in the last two games. “I got on the inside track and kind of squeezed him off and lifted his stick up and Andy got in there and threw it right out there to Tatar and he banged it in. That was a full line play for us.”

Without Eaves’ hustle on the play, the Red Wings likely don’t score.

“He makes good decisions out there, you always know what you're going to get,” said captain Henrik Zetterberg, of Eaves. “It’s fun when you can contribute offense, too. He made some good plays and the play today was real nice.”

Despite the pretty play by the Andersson line, the Red Wings had to settle for one-point in the standings, losing to the Blackhawks, 2-1, in a shootout. It was the ninth straight game – dating back to the 2010-11 season – that these two Original Six rivals have battled to a one-goal finish.

The Joe was electric Sunday, akin an atmosphere usually reserved for playoff hockey in the Motor City. However, there were special circumstances surrounding this Sunday matinee. The Blackhawks came to town riding a historic start, and the Wings desperately wanted to be the club that knocked them from their ride.

“Obviously, we needed these two points,” Eaves said. “Then with their streak going we would have liked to have knocked it off. But more importantly, we needed the two points.

“They knew what was on the line, and so did we. Towards the end the intensity really picked up.”

But in the end, the Blackhawks escape with their record intact and growing to 22 consecutive games without a loss in regulation. They have earned a point in the last 28 regular-season games, dating back to last season, tying the 1977-78 Blackhawks for the second best streak in NHL history.

The Blackhawks eventually won when Patrick Kane, whose power-play goal late in the third forced overtime, scored the lone shootout goal when he snapped a shot that beat Jimmy Howard stick-side.

“In a competitive league, they're not making it competitive,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “In saying that, they're 12-0-3 in one-goal games. So they find a way to win. That's depth and that's skill.”

THREE STARS: 3, Patrick Kane, CHI (1 goal); 2, Jimmy Howard, DET (32 saves, L); 1, Corey Crawford, CHI (32 saves, W).

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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