The Blackhawks opened their preseason schedule against the Red Wings at the United Center on Tuesday night. Chicago dressed a handful of their regular players, while Detroit’s roster was primarily prospects. And, in the first two periods, it showed.
Scott Darling got the start in net for Chicago and was fantastic, stopping 22 shots in 29:53 before being removed. The Wings had a number of good scoring opportunities, but Darling picked up where he left off last season and had a great start to his season.
In front of the net, some of the Hawks’ new faces looked good in their first action wearing the Indian head.
Up front, the Hawks skated Mark Dano on the top line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa while Artem Anisimov skated between Patrick Kane and Teuvo Teravainen. Those lines stayed together for most of the game, but Teravainen replaced Dano on the top line for a few shifts in the second period after Dano was met rudely by Brendan Smith and had to go to the room.
Dano looked good with Toews and Hossa, and did a nice job of parking himself in front of the net. He was credited with two hits and three shots on net in just under 14 minutes of ice time in regulation.
Teravainen showed a level of confidence we didn’t see last season, even in his best moments. His passing was crisp and his skating was fluid; he stood out the entire night. The Hawks young sniper scored a gorgeous power play goal in the second period.
Anisimov quietly had a strong night between Teravainen and Kane. He was credited with one hit, two blocked shots and two takeaways. Anisimov added an assist on the game-winning overtime goal as well.
Kyle Baun, who is fighting for a roster spot after getting some NHL action last year, scored the first goal of the preseason for the Hawks in traffic in front of Jimmy Howard. Baun played a nice game on a line with Ryan Garbutt and Andrew Desjardins. Baun led the Hawks with four hits in regulation.
Garbutt also distinguished himself, showing good speed up and down the ice. He scored a goal and added an assist, and was credited with two hits in the game.
Jonathan Toews scored in the first period.
The two teams would have played out the new 3-on-3 overtime format whether the scored was tied or not, but the Red Wings forced extra hockey that mattered with a third period comeback.
After Garbutt gave the Hawks a 4-1 lead early in the third, Chicago’s defense let the Red Wings get back in the game. Riley Sheahan, Teemu Pulkkinen and Luke Glendening scored for Detroit to draw the game to a tie before regulation ended.
But in the overtime, Kane found another newcomer, Trevor Daley, and the defenseman deposited the game-winning goal. In 17:27 on the night, Daley finished tied with Teravainen with a team-leading five shots on net. He also picked up an assist and was credited with two hits and one blocked shot in the victory.
Chicago got their money’s worth out of the two veteran defensemen playing on tryout contracts. Jan Hejda skated 21:49 with on assist and one big hit in the third period. Meanwhile, Lubomir Visnovsky skated 22:36 with two hits and two blocked shots. Both veterans saw action on the power play and penalty kill as well.
Brent Seabrook, wearing the “A” for the first time permanently, skated a team-high 24:20 in the win.
Center Marcus Kruger, who hasn’t reported to camp yet because of visa issues, is expected to join the team on Friday. The Hawks visit Detroit on Wednesday night.