for this game

Blackhawks edge Red Wings

Dec 31, 2011 - 6:02 AM
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Brent Seabrook scored the game-winner early in the third period as the Chicago Blackhawks took a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings.

Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews each scored for the Blackhawks, who have won three of four to close out 2011. Corey Crawford stopped 26 shots in the win.

"That was a great game, playoff atmosphere from start to finish," said Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville. "The noise was great, we had great energy and we played our game from start to finish."

Justin Abdelkader and Todd Bertuzzi each had a goal for the Red Wings, who have lost three of five. Jimmy Howard gave up all three goals on 28 shots.

With the score tied to start the third, Chicago took a 3-2 lead after Patrick Kane's pass from the right boards to the slot was one-timed in by Seabrook in the slot.

Detroit didn't help itself in the third as the team took three penalties after the goal, keeping them from establishing any pressure.

Crawford stopped all seven shots he faced in the third to hold on for the win.

Halfway through the first, the Red Wings scored when Drew Miller's wrister from the left wing was followed up by Abdelkader for a 1-0 lead.

Less than five minutes later, Toews was awarded a penalty shot after he was hooked by Nicklas Lidstrom on a breakaway and was successful as he put it through the pads of Howard.

"I think we were in the box for three penalties, six minutes," Lidstrom said. "When you have a team that's so good offensively and moving the puck it kind of changes the momentum."

Detroit again took the lead just 5:25 into the second when Mike Commodore blasted a shot on net from the right point that was tipped in by Bertuzzi.

Chicago, though, had the answer again just two minutes later as Hossa skated around the perimeter and from the left circle blasted a slapper that beat Howard cleanly.

Game Notes

Chicago hosts Edmonton on Monday...Detroit hosts the Blues on Saturday...Chicago took four of the six meetings with Detroit last season...Chicago went 0-for-5 on the power play while Detroit failed on its one opportunity with the man advantage.