The Red Wings might have been without a few of their better players, including Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom. And they may have been forced to pull Jimmy Howard because of a lower-body injury after the first period. And the Blackhawks were, after all, without Jonathan Toews.
But when the final horn sounds on the regular season, nobody cares who was healthy when teams played. What matters is how many points a team has accumulated, and the Blackhawks picked up a couple big points in Detroit on Sunday afternoon.
Ray Emery played another strong game, stopping 23 of 24 shots in the victory. The defensive effort was strong once again, killing all four Detroit power play opportunities and blocking 13 shots as a team.
Patrick Kane was good once again, scoring his 16th goal of the season late in the second period. His tally held up as the game-winner, as the Hawks held the Red Wings off the scoreboard in a frenetic third period.
Patrick Sharp scored an early power-play goal to give the Hawks the lead, but the Red Wings answered quickly. In total, the Blackhawks kept the Wings from scoring for almost 54 minutes to end the game.
Bryan Bickell and Brent Seabrook led the Hawks with four hits each, while Seabrook, Johnny Oduya and Jamal Mayers led the way with three blocked shots each. Dave Bolland won 11 of 17 faceoffs in the game.
Nick Leddy, Marian Hossa and Sharp were credited with assists in the game.