Blackhawks Beat Red Wings in Jimmy Hayes’ NHL Debut

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.

4 thoughts on “Blackhawks Beat Red Wings in Jimmy Hayes’ NHL Debut

  • December 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    I hope Hayes stays several games to see what he has… thought he was effective on boards and in front of net… after his 1st two shifts you could see some Wings looking for him as they went to the boards.

    Crow is looking alot better; however, he still seems to loose composure and panic a little, and this is when he gets in trouble. (1st goal he did the Turco bellyflop, when he probably should have just stayed big – shooter was in tight and didn’t have good angle)

    Team “D” was solid… when you can hold Zetterberg and Dats-yuk to one shot, that says alot.

  • December 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I was also very impressed with the big kid Hayes, hopefully we see him a few more times – looked pretty comfortable finding space and got a few good looks. Is it time to bring up Saad again and ship out Bickell? He looks lost out there sometimes…his numbers are gross and rarely is effective – the big man looks afraid to hit too. Last year his wrister was out of this world, but this season he’s a complete dud – also pretty disappointed with what Frolik has brought to the table. I know he’s spent alot of time on the PK, his quickness and defense are great – but he just cannot light the lamp. Seems like every 7 or 8 games you get a glimpse of what Frolik and Bickell are capable of and then they vanish. I’d love to see Bobby Ryan in an indian sweater. Maybe im nuts, or just frustrated, but we’re gunna eventually need some production from those lower lines.

  • December 31, 2011 at 12:37 am

    @Jeff, the Blackhawks can’t “bring up” Saad, not this season. Next year, yes; but he’s in the CHL and the rules on how the CHL & NHL allow movement of players is different than AHL/ECHL. Hope to see him next year, though; he’s been looking great on his team, and has been noticeable in the WJCs.

    Hayes tonight was what Bickell should have been all along: a big body, making hits, helping make plays, screening goalie. Really thought he was going to nail that goal on his first shift!

  • January 1, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I’m hoping Jimmy Hayes will force Q to keep him around on the 4th line all year, and if Bickell doesn’t improve, possibly take his spot on the 3rd line. I’ve been waiting for him to get up here, I hope he plays well enough to force the issue.

    Happy New Year

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