Perfect No More: Red Wings hand Chicago first December Loss
Two days before the winter classic in Wrigley Field the Red Wings and the Blackhawks faced off in Joe Louis Arena. Round one goes to Detroit who won 4-0 to snap Chicago’s 9 game win streak. It was the Blackhawks first loss in regulation since November 29th against the Kings.
Ty Conklin was the star of the game as he continues to play magnificently filling in for Chris Osgood. He made 36 saves for his seventh NHL shutout.
Johan Franzen scored twice and Pavel Datsyuk stretched his point streak to eight games adding a goal and an assist. Tomas Kopecky scored his second of the season, Brian Rafalski and Niklas Kronwall each had two assists.
Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 shots for Chicago. The Red Wings had 6 power play chances, scoring twice. The Hawks were 0/6.
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The Red Wings got 39 shots on goal in their fifth straight game with 35+ shots.
The Blackhawks had plenty of chances as well with 36 shots on goal but couldn’t manage to get one past Conklin who earned his third shut out of the season.
Just when they seem to be slowing down the Red Wings come up with big performances in marquee games. They seemed to be struggling earlier in the month heading into a match up with the San Jose Sharks and then won 6-0 in a one sided affair.
The Red Wings snapped a two game losing streak and improved to 9-3-1 in the month of December to remain on pace with the Blackhawks who finish the month 10-1-1. The Red Wings accounted for both Chicago losses in the month of December. The two teams will meet again New Years Day and on the final day of the season in Chicago.
ProHockey-fans.com Detroit Red Wings Correspondent