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Chicago Blackhawks Turnovers Lead To A 4-1 Defeat In Detroit

By Keith Schultz

Nov 14, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center

Jonathan Toews

(19) skates with the puck in the second period against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Two original 6 teams and two old Norris Divisional rivals met up at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night and although NBCSN tries to shove rivalry night down our throats every week, we had two old rivals playing for only one of their two meetings on the season. The key to the game was turnovers and the Blackhawks provided them at the wrong place at the wrong time on Friday night.

First Period

Both the Red Wings and Blackhawks had a couple days off before Friday’s matchup and the both teams looked a little looser than normal.  The Blackhawks had an early powerplay chance, but the Red Wings got on the board first when Kris Versteeg made a horrible pass in his defensive end and it led to a Luke Glendening goal and a permanent spot on the bench for the rest of the period for Versteeg.

The Blackhawks stretch pass was in full effect in the first period although they didn’t score on any of the great chances it seem to give the Blackhawks offense some life.  On their second powerplay after the Detroit goal Jonathan Toews gave Patrick Kane a perfect pass and #88 didn’t miss to tie up the game.

The refs in the first period called some questionable penalties which led to make up calls and a rare Toews appearance in the penalty box.  Speaking of rarities the Hawks were out shot 11-8 in the first period but the scoreboard read 1-1 after 1 period.

Second Period

The Hawks turnover festival became an epidemic in the 2nd period.  First Patrick Kane threw one into the slot and Johan Franzen put a nice back hander into the back of the net to give the Red Wings the lead back.  One minute later with all day David Rundblad threw one up the middle that hit a skate and seconds later Tomas Tatar was putting in a rebound for a shocking 3-1 lead.  The Hawks gave up 20 shots on goal in the 2nd period which is a season high and it looked like the Hawks weren’t interested in playing sound hockey on Friday night.   Very late in the period the Hawks got a powerplay but it was quickly taken away on a horrible goalie interference call when Niklas Kronwall cross checked Andrew Shaw into Jimmy Howard but it was Shaw to the box. Either way the Red Wings owned the period and deserved the lead heading into the third period.

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Third Period

You have to give the Red Wings credit they owned the neutral zone and the Hawks couldn’t muster much momentum during the game and the third period.  They had a few chances but none were Grade A chances and the Red Wings just seemed to play the Hawks game and kept the puck away from the Hawks stars.  The Red Wings added a empty net goal for the final 4-1 tally and Journey had to be played once again at the Joe after a Red Wings win

– Only 6 teams in the NHL have more regulation losses than the Hawks right now

– The Hawks gave up a season high 37 shots to the Red Wings

– The turnovers were horrible tonight and it was evident when Corey Crawford was the #3 star of the night

– Back at it Sunday night against the Dallas Stars

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