DETROIT — The streak lives on: The Chicago Blackhawks’ historic run to start the season without a regulation loss continued at 22 as they defeated the Red Wings 2-1 in a shootout in a scintillating contest Sunday afternoon at Joe Louis Arena.
In a terrific goaltending showdown, the Wings’ Jimmy Howard and Corey Crawford dueled before Patrick Kane scored the winner in the shootout to end it. The Hawks improved to 19-0-3 on the season and their run of games with at least one point stands at 28 dating to last season.
Tomas Tartar’s goal early in the third was the Wings’ score in regulation and the Hawks’ was by Kane with 2:02 remaining in the third and the streak looking like it would be ended.
The Hawks controlled the play throughout the opening period and held a 9-3 shot advantage, but couldn’t solve Howard. Two power-play chances came up empty as the Hawks managed a combined three shots during four minutes with a man advantage.
Crawford wasn’t tested often, but came up big in the waning seconds of the first when he stoned the Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk on a rush.
The intensity picked up in the second and the goalies kept things even with terrific stops at both ends. The Hawks killed off a Daniel Carcillo penalty and the held a 21-15 advantage in shots at the intermission.
Early in the third, the Wings struck when Tatar chipped the puck past Crawford after a feed from Joakim Andersson into the slot. With 2:02 remaining, Kane took a deft pass from Viktor Stalberg and scored with the Hawks on the power play.
Dave Bolland missed his fifth consecutive game with an upper-body injury, which a source said are symptoms related to a concussion. Coach Joel Quenneville said Sunday morning Bolland likely will return to the lineup when the Hawks face the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at the United Center.
“(Bolland) looks like he’s going to be ready when we get back,” Quenneville said.
By Chris Kuc, Tribune reporter
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