Despite trailing twice in the game, the Blackhawks came back and defeated their hated rivals from Detroit in a good, old school battle.
Jimmy Hayes made his NHL debut and was impressive. He was credited with four hits, which was tied for the highest total on the team, and skated 8:23 in the game.
For Chicago, the usual suspects factored into the scoring. Jonathan Toews beat Jimmy Howard on a penalty shot after he was held on a breakaway by future Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom. Toews’ goal came just under five minutes after Justin Abdelkader gave Detroit their first goal. It was Toews’ 21st goal on the season.
In the second, it was Marian Hossa tying the game just over two minutes after Todd Bertuzzi gave Detroit the lead again. For Hossa it his 17th goal of the year. Finally, 1:52 into the third it was Brent Seabrook with a missle from the point that gave the Hawks the lead for good.
Overall the Blackhawks played solid defense in front of Corey Crawford who, once again, allowed only two goals in a victory. Crawford faced 28 shots in the game and was interfered with twice in the third period.
Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Nick Leddy and Daniel Carcillo were credited with assists in the game.