Chicago Blackhawks top Detroit Red Wings in shootout, extend streak
DETROIT -- Patrick Kane kept the Chicago Blackhawks' record streak alive.
Chicago extended it NHL-record, season-opening points streak to 22 games Sunday when Kane scored the tying goal on a power play with 2:02 left in regulation and had the only goal in a shootout. That lifted Chicago to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Corey Crawford was perfect in the shootout and finished with 32 saves to help his team win a ninth straight game.
The Blackhawks have earned at least a point in 28 straight games -- dating to a March 25, 2012 loss in regulation to Nashville -- to tie the second-longest streak in league history. They've matched Montreal's multi-season points streak from the 1977-78 season and trail only Philadelphia's run of 35 straight games with at least a point during the 1979-80 season.
The Red Wings, though, were called for delay of game for putting the puck out of play twice toward the end of regulation.
Chicago took advantage of the first of two late power plays with forward Viktor Stalberg getting more of the puck than Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey did, pushing the puck to Kane to set up a one-timer that made it 1-1.
With a sold-out crowd on its feet for the shootout at the end of an entertaining afternoon of hockey, Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk was denied on a low attempt by Crawford's pads on the first attempt in the shootout. Jonathan Toews then went high and couldn't get a shot past Howard's glove.
Red Wings rookie Damien Brunner made some nifty moves next, but couldn't keep the puck and for that, Crawford looked thankful as the two met face to face on the ice.
Kane then stole the show, slowly skating toward Howard and flipping a wrist shot past him to make the fans at Joe Louis Arena sigh. Henrik Zetterberg couldn't extend the shootout by scoring on Crawford on Detroit's third attempt.
Howard finished with 32 saves.
The Red Wings had chances to win in regulation, and in overtime, but Crawford was effective in his return to the net.
Crawford slid to his left to get a piece of Johan Franzen's shot that was headed for the net with 1:40 left in overtime, and the two talked about the play during the subsequent break.
Both teams were inches away from scoring in the final seconds of overtime, with Detroit's Brendan Smith just missing a chance to the left of the net and Kane's shot squirting past Howard that trickled just to the side of the other net.
The Blackhawks dominated the first period, but Howard -- and his teammates -- prevented them from scoring on two power plays in the first period.
The second was evenly played, then Detroit finally got a shot past Crawford at 2:43 of the third period.
Patrick Eaves got to a loose puck behind Chicago's net, pushed the puck to Joakim Andersson, whose sharp pass set up Tatar perfectly on the side of the net to beat Crawford with a shot.
A bit later, Crawford made a spectacular glove save to deny Datsyuk's scoring chance that could've given the Red Wings a two-goal lead -- and perhaps the win in regulation.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville gave Crawford the start in Detroit after he left his last game Thursday night in St. Louis with an upper-body injury that Quenneville insisted isn't the same one that forced the goaltender off the ice earlier in the season.
Crawford didn't get much work early, making just three saves in the first period. He stopped 12 shots in the second -- as did Howard -- to keep a fast-pace game filled with end-to-end action and few whistles scoreless for two-plus periods.
NOTES: The previous record for season-opening points streak was 16 set by the Anaheim Ducks during the 2006-07 season. ... The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 2-1 in OT on Jan. 27 at home. ... Chicago plans to have F Dave Bolland back in the lineup Tuesday at home against Minnesota. ... Detroit hopes F Valtteri Filppula, out with shoulder injury, can return by next weekend. ... Blackhawks F Marian Hossa, a former Red Wing, played in his 1,000th NHL game, a milestone that was recognized by the public address announcer amid a chorus of boos.