Thanks to a pair of second period goals from Brandon Hagel and Duncan Keith, the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 for their first victory of the preseason on Wednesday night at the United Center.
Corey Crawford made 23 saves in securing the victory, and Patrick Kane and Alex Nylander collected assists to help the Blackhawks to a 1-1-1 preseason record.
Taro Hirose scored the lone goal of the game for the Red Wings on a first period power play tally. Filip Larsson and Jonathan Bernier each gave up a goal for the Red Wings.
After the Wings got on the board late in the first period to take a 1-0 lead, the Blackhawks responded early in the second period with a strong heads-up play by Hagel. As Bernier handled the puck outside of his net, he accidentally let it glide off his stick blade, and Hagel was able to collect the puck, pull it into a shooting position, and bank it off the goaltender’s pads for a game-tying tally.
Seven minutes later, the Blackhawks took the lead thanks to two of their biggest stars. Off a feed from Kane, Keith hammered home a shot past Larsson to give the Blackhawks a 2-1 edge, and from there they cruised to a preseason victory.
After three games in three days, the Blackhawks will finally have a day off Thursday. They’ll return to the ice Saturday to take on the Boston Bruins at the United Center, with puck drop scheduled for 7:30 p.m.