[Recap] Wings fall flat against division-leading Hawks

We'll start with the good news: no one was injured.

The Blackhawks were pretty dominant in most areas, out-shooting the Red Wings 35-20, winning upwards of 65% of the faceoffs, and ultimately cruising to a final score of 3-0. The Hawks got goals from Duncan Keith, Dustin Byfuglien, and Brian Campbell. Cristobal Huet stopped all twenty shots for his second shutout in a row.

Former Red Wings Marian Hossa and Tomas Kopecky were virtual non-factors, as were superstars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. The Hawks should be thrilled with the effort of their "secondary" guys, who played the Wings hard, blocked a ton of shots, and made their opportunities count. Chris Osgood will probably want the second and third goals back. Both were even-strength goals in the final four minutes of the second period, and were somewhat weak. 

Perhaps a little tired after playing yesterday, the Wings were flat most of the game: struggling to gain entry into the offensive zone and rarely doing anything worthwhile once they were there. It took about thirteen minutes for Detroit to register their first shot, and very few of their shots were of the dangerous variety. There's no buts about it: the Blackhawks were the better team tonight.

There was a scary moment between the first and second periods where it was learned Patrick Eaves went for x-rays after blocking a shot. He appeared no worse for wear, returning just in time for the puck to drop for the second. 

The season series is now tied at 1. The Wings and Hawks play again on Wednesday - this time at the Joe. 

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