Wings fall, 4-3, to Chicago, but made it interesting

Bill Roose  - | Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

DETROIT – The Chicago Blackhawks scored two goals just 56-seconds a part to chase Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard early in the third period and three rookies accounted for all of the scoring for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who defeated the Red Wings, 4-3, at Joe Louis Arena.

Howard, who made 16 saves in two-plus periods of Sunday's exhibition game, didn’t have much of a chance on any of the Blackhawks’ goals scored by forwards Garret Ross, Joakim Nordstrom and Byron Froese, who tallied twice.

Detroit scored first when Tomas Tatar took a centering pass from Gustav Nyquist (three assists) and squeezed a point-blank shot under Crawford’s left arm at 7:29 of the first period. However, the Blackhawks took a lead into the first intermission on unassisted goals by Ross and Nordstrom.

Tatar and Nyquist combined on a power-play goal late in the third period. Tatar, who leads the Wings with three goals in the preseason, re-directed Nyquist’s slap shot from the top of the right circle. Both young forwards are fighting for a spot on the Red Wings' roster, which must be set prior to opening night on Oct. 2.

“I thought Tatar has been really good and I thought Gus got better here as it's gone on, which is important," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "Their job is to put as much pressure on the coach and general manager as they possibly can to be here. That's all you can ask a kid to do and they're doing that.''

The Red Wings made things interesting when they pulled goalie Jared Coreau for an extra attacker. The strategy worked when Jonathan Ericcson’s high-velocity shot beat goalie Corey Crawford with 21 seconds left in regulation.

Crawford stopped 30 shots in earning his second win in the preseason.

The Red Wings’ eight-game preseason features home-and-away matchups against Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Toronto. The Wings split their series with the Bruins, posting an 8-2 win last Thursday, and a 2-0 loss Saturday. Detroit dropped both games to the Blackhawks, including a 2-0 loss last Tuesday.

Detroit wraps up the exhibition campaign this week with home games against the Penguins on Wednesday and the Maple Leafs on Friday, and the finale at Toronto on Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
1st Period
07:29DET Tomas Tatar (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Gustav Nyquist (1) 1 - 0 DET
09:18CHI Byron Froese (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 1 - 1 Tie
17:06CHI Joakim Nordstrom (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 2 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
3rd Period
02:29CHI Garret Ross (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE 3 - 1 CHI
03:25CHI Byron Froese (2) Wrist shot - ASST: Brent Seabrook (1), Michael Kostka (1) 4 - 1 CHI
12:58DET PPG - Tomas Tatar (2) Tip-in - ASST: Gustav Nyquist (2), Adam Almquist (1) 4 - 2 CHI
19:19DET Jonathan Ericsson (1) Slapshot - ASST: Gustav Nyquist (3), Cory Emmerton (1) 4 - 3 CHI
Three Stars of the Game
Byron Froese
Byron Froese
G: 2Shots: 5
A: 0Hits: 1
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 13:25
Tomas Tatar
Tomas Tatar
G: 2Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 16:18
Corey Crawford
Corey Crawford
SA: 33TOI: 60:00
GA: 3
PIM: 0
SV%: .909
Penalty Summary
1st Period
10:30CHI Garret Ross  Hooking  - 2 min against  Alexey Marchenko
19:02DET Brendan Smith  Slashing  - 2 min against  Ben Smith
2nd Period
03:12CHI Brad Mills  Charging  - 2 min against  Adam Almquist
07:14CHI Garret Ross  Roughing  - 2 min against  Brendan Smith
14:54DET Pavel Datsyuk  Holding  - 2 min against  Jonathan Toews
19:15DET Niklas Kronwall  Interference  - 2 min against  Jonathan Toews
3rd Period
12:02CHI Jimmy Hayes  Hooking  - 2 min against  Brendan Smith
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/4
Faceoff Wins2031
Blocked Shots156
Penalty Minutes86
2D. KeithD0020020:40
6M. KostkaD0112010:25
7B. SeabrookD0101019:16
14D. LeBlancC0000013:28
16M. KrugerC0013015:01
19J. ToewsC00-11017:09
20B. SaadL0001016:55
22J. HayesR0000213:36
28B. SmithR0000017:30
32M. RozsivalD0000025:43
34D. OlsenD0021015:01
42J. NordstromL1012014:42
43V. SvedbergD0004024:19
44K. DahlbeckD0002015:01
51B. MillsC0030211:41
52B. BolligL0000014:45
58B. FroeseC2025013:25
61G. RossL10-12414:27
31A. Raanta00.0000:07
50C. Crawford3033.90960:00
2B. SmithD00-21220:47
8J. AbdelkaderL00-27020:25
13P. DatsyukC00-25219:26
14G. NyquistR0322015:54
15R. SheahanC0001010:31
18J. AnderssonC0020020:14
21T. TatarL2012016:18
24N. PaetschD0001015:04
25C. EmmertonC0102012:27
29L. FerraroC00-11010:19
32L. AubryC00-1007:51
37M. SamuelssonR00-12014:48
40H. ZetterbergL00-26019:42
41L. GlendeningC00-10012:58
47A. MarchenkoD00-10018:50
52J. EricssonD1001021:21
53A. AlmquistD0101015:49
55N. KronwallD00-11223:36
31J. Coreau441.00014:15
35J. Howard1620.80043:25