Local Teams

National Hockey League
Chicago 7, Detroit 1
When: 12:30 PM ET, Sunday, March 31, 2013
Where: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Greg Kimmerly, Dennis LaRue
Linesmen: Bryan Pancich, Vaughan Rody
Attendance: 20066

Blackhawks 7, Red Wings 1: Brandon Saad collected two goals and an assist and captain Jonathan Toews added a tally and set up two others as visiting Chicago throttled Detroit on Hall of Famer Gordie Howe's 85th birthday.

Dave Bolland was credited with two goals - although the first was a result of Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl inadvertently shooting the puck into his own net in the first period. Jeremy Morin and defenseman Nick Leddy also scored for the Blackhawks, who improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 visits to Joe Louis Arena.

Crawford turned aside 33 shots to improve to 10-2-2 in his career against the Red Wings. His bid for his eighth career shutout, however, was spoiled by Cory Emmerton with 33 seconds remaining in the third period.

After Morin opened the scoring at 2:33 of the first period, Saad doubled the advantage by shifting from backhand to forehand to beat Jimmy Howard.

Kindl's flub capped the three-goal surge in 99 seconds, but Toews converted Saad's centering feed from the slot to chase Howard (10 saves) at 3:52 of the second period. Saad rudely greeted Jonas Gustavsson by beating him between the pads just eight seconds later.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Red Wings wore No. 9 jerseys in pregame warmups to honor Howe, who was in attendance. ... Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg sat out with a groin injury, but RW Mikael Samuelsson returned from a fractured finger to play in his first game since Feb. 17. Samuelsson, however, exited the contest with an upper-body injury. ... Red Wings D Ian White played in his 500th career game.

Top Game Performances
Chicago   Detroit
Brandon Saad 3 Points Cory Emmerton 1
Brandon Saad 2 Goals Cory Emmerton 1
Jonathan Toews 2 Assists Brian Lashoff 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Corey Crawford .971 Save Percentage Jonas Gustavsson .750
Corey Crawford 33 Saves Jimmy Howard 10
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Chicago 26 7 0-0 2-2 4 26
Detroit 34 1 0-2 0-0 0 34
Upcoming Games
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Colorado. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .471 after a win and .529 after a loss.
  • Chicago will play their next game at home against Nashville. The Blackhawks have a W/L % of .800 after a win and .625 after a loss.