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Second Straight Shutout Swamps Wings 3-0

The Red Wings hoped that coming home would help them put the 3-0 Sunday night shutout at the hands of Cristobel Huet.

Different night, different goaltender, same scoreboard.

This time, it was Antti Niemi who stopped all 33 Red Wings shots while Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, and Jonathan Toews were able to put the puck past Jimmy Howard to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-0 win.

For the Red Wings, it's their third straight loss, and their fifth shutout in the past month.

Detroit again gave up a goal on the penalty kill for the second straight game for the first time since November 21 and 23.

In the second period, with the Red Wings down a man for too many men on the ice, Kane was on the outside of the faceoff circle to the right of Jimmy Howard. He ripped a slapshot that went to the top shelf behind Howard, who was screened by Troy Brouwer. It was Kane's 15th of the season.


In the third, Duncan Keith came in strongly to the right of Howard, and Howard made the save. But Howard didn't hold on to the shot, and in the flurry that followed in front of the net, Sharp found the puck and put it past Howard to make it 2-0.


Finally, with just 78 seconds left, Keith's shot from the blue line deflected off Derek Meech's stick, which slowed it enough for Toews to swat it past Howard for the final goal.

The Red Wings are off until Saturday night when the Columbus Blue Jackets come to town.

Player of the game: Pavel Datsuyk. He won 57% of his faceoffs, had five shots, and at least seemed to have some effort.