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Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 3, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 3, SO
Chicago Blackhawks 4, Detroit Red Wings 3

DETROIT (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks had a lot of fun and picked up two points.

Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp scored in the shootout to give Chicago a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Troy Brouwer had a goal and an assist and Patrick Kane and Sharp also had goals for Chicago, the top team in the Western Conference, which has won eight of its last 10. Antti Niemi stopped 35 shots.

"It was a pretty entertaining game and those games are a lot of fun to play, especially when it's on national TV (NBC)," Kane said. "You want to show the world how good this game is. It was a fun game to play in."

It was a back-and-forth contest between the two storied rivals - both played Saturday - and Detroit rallied from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to tie it. Sharp got the shootout winner in the fourth round.

"It was a mostly even game," Hossa said. "It could have gone both ways and we got lucky and won."

Hossa was booed each time he touched the puck in his second game at Joe Louis Arena since leaving Detroit to sign a 12-year, $62 million contract with the Blackhawks. Howard stopped him on prime scoring chances three times and Hossa was wide on a 2-on-1 just before the five-minute overtime period ended.

Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg had a goal and an assist and Patrick Eaves also scored for Detroit, which is in ninth place in the West - just short of the eighth and final playoff spot. Pavel Datsyuk had two assists and Jimmy Howard made 26 saves. Datsyuk and Todd Bertuzzi scored for Detroit in the shootout. Both came on creative moves.

Datsyuk made a few moves and wound up to Niemi's left then just flipped the puck toward the net, scoring off of Niemi's arm. Bertuzzi's turned completely around just before he got to the crease and put a backhand shot over Niemi.

"I thought overtime was pretty exciting," Bertuzzi said. "It was end-to-end rushes, but we've still got to figure out a way to get two points. I still think we're the team to beat. I think they're a very good team. I think we match up well against them."

Kane agreed.

"It's one of those situations where I still think they're the team to beat until proven otherwise in the playoffs," he said. "They've proven that the last couple of years."

It was Chicago's third-straight regular season win over Detroit.

Eaves tied it at 3 with 9:50 left in regulation on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle along the boards. It was Eaves' sixth goal.

Sharp gave Chicago a 3-2 lead with 8:50 left in the second period when he tipped in Duncan Keith's slap pass for his 16th goal. Howard got a piece of the shot.

Zetterberg's power-play goal tied the game at 2 for the Red Wings 8:45 into the middle period. Zetterberg scored from the bottom of the left circle, shooting through Niemi's legs for his 12th goal.

Brouwer opened the scoring 7:55 into the game when his shot from the top of the left circle went in off the inside of Howard's pad. Brouwer's 14th goal came off a rebound after Niemi stopped Justin Abdelkader and then Brad May on a two-on-none rush.

Kane's power-play goal with 5:15 left in the opening period made it 2-0. His wrist shot from the high slot went in off of Howard.

Lidstrom put Detroit on the board with 48 seconds left in the first period with his third goal. He beat Niemi from the bottom of the left circle. It was the Red Wings' first goal against the Blackhawks in 148:36, dating to Oct. 8. Chicago shut out Detroit by 3-0 scores on Dec. 20, and again on Dec. 23.

NOTE: There were enough Blackhawks' fans at the game for the cheer to be audible after a Chicago goal. ... Two unusual combatants, Detroit's Eaves and Chicago's Kris Versteeg, fought with 42 seconds left in the first period and traded impressive punches. Eaves has 8 penalty minutes this season and Versteeg 20. Eaves said it was carried over from the earlier games between the teams. ... Chicago D Brent Sopel left the ice bent over and holding his left wrist or hand after colliding with Abdelkader, Niemi and the goal post about seven minutes into the third period. "Haven't got the report," Quenneville said after the game. "We'll see how he is."

scoring summary
1st Period
07:55
CHI
Troy Brouwer (14) Snap shot - ASST: Cam Barker (10), Jonathan Toews (24)
1 - 0 CHI
14:45
CHI
PPG - Patrick Kane (20) Wrist shot - ASST: Brian Campbell (26), Troy Brouwer (12)
2 - 0 CHI
19:11
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (24), Henrik Zetterberg (25)
2 - 1 CHI
2nd Period
08:45
DET
PPG - Henrik Zetterberg (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Pavel Datsyuk (25), Brian Rafalski (17)
2 - 2 Tie
11:10
CHI
Patrick Sharp (16) Tip-in - ASST: Duncan Keith (34), Andrew Ladd (12)
3 - 2 CHI
3rd Period
10:10
DET
Patrick Eaves (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Nicklas Lidstrom (22), Kris Draper (9)
3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDDETCHITOTAL
1P. Datsyuk
J. Toews
1 - 1
2H. Zetterberg
P. Kane
1 - 1
3T. Bertuzzi
M. Hossa
2 - 2
4D. Cleary
P. Sharp
2 - 3
penalty summary
1st Period
03:48
DET
Derek Meech  Hooking against  Brian Campbell
11:09
DET
Brad Stuart  Interference against  Jonathan Toews
14:10
DET
Patrick Eaves  Hi-sticking against  Duncan Keith
19:17
CHI
Kris Versteeg  Fighting (maj) against  Patrick Eaves
19:17
DET
Patrick Eaves  Fighting (maj) against  Kris Versteeg
19:41
DET
Todd Bertuzzi  Interference against  Duncan Keith
2nd Period
03:39
CHI
Colin Fraser  Tripping against  Kirk Maltby
05:58
CHI
Brent Seabrook  Holding against  Kris Draper
08:11
CHI
Patrick Sharp  Tripping against  Valtteri Filppula
3rd Period
NONE
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Antti Niemi
Antti Niemi
12-3-1
SA: 38TOI: 65:00
Saves: 35EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .921SH: 0 - 0
Jimmy Howard
SA: 29TOI: 64:19
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .897SH: 1 - 1

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