DETROIT – A Red Wings short handed goal seemed to foreshadow doom for the Chicago Blackhawks but they answered back with a quick power play marker after it. Unfortunately, they couldn’t match the rest.
Lukas Reichel notched his second goal of the year but the Blackhawks fell 5-1 to Detroit Thursday night.
The Red Wings opened the scoring with that shorthanded goal but the Blackhawks wasted no time getting it back, when Reichel got his second of the year off of a misplay by Alex Lyon. Bedard corralled it and put it in front of the net for Reichel, who banged it home to even things up. The Red Wings would recapture the lead with 11:18 left in the first when Robby Fabbri made an inside-move on Wyatt Kaiser and then backhanded a goal past Petr Mrazek.
The Red Wings would get their third on a goal scramble where Ben Chiarot wristed it over Mrazek, who had no chance. Less than a minute later, Compher got his second of the game, this time on the man advantage, making it 4-1 Detroit. Fabbri would add another on the power play with 9:06 left in the game, giving Detroit 5-1 and sealing off any hope of a late Blackhawks comeback.
Blackhawks Lose Battles Along with the Game
The Blackhawks struggled to keep the Red Wings away from the front of the net, with Detroit able to force their way close on on all four goals. Outside of Fabbri’s goal which was a terrific individual effort, the Blackhawks again couldn’t push the Red Wings around, and lost several battles in front of the net.
Compher’s two goals were the result of beating individual players, the second where he outmuscled Alex Vlasic and tapped in a pass from David Perron in the paint.
While the Blackhawks outshot the Red Wings, they struggled to generate a lot of sustained pressure, only having a handful of chances that resulted in scoring chances.
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