Live from the United Center: Hawks top Red Wings 4-1

Live from the United Center: Hawks top Red Wings 4-1

The Blackhawks take on archrival Detroit at the United Center.


Bryan Bickell and Jonathan Ericsson fight for a loose puck Sunday. That's how the Hawks and Wings roll. 

The Blackhawks and Red Wings don't need brackets, Cinderellas or buzzer beaters to get their madness on. All the bad blood from 90-plus years of facing each other is plenty. Take the Blackhawks' 4-1 win at the United Center on Sunday.    

FIRST PERIOD

About five minutes in, Corey Crawford makes a pair of huge saves on Detroit’s Luke Glendening. Ahem, the Wings had five shots all period.

Madness meter: 3

Late in the period, Patrick Sharp comes out of the penalty box and immediately smashes a Wing into the corner boards. Nobody puts Sharpy in the penalty box. Nobody!

Madness meter: 2

8: that’s how many “De-troit sucks!” chants erupted during the first period. Yep, Chicago still hates this team.

Madness meter: 4

SECOND PERIOD

Nick Leddy gives the Hawks a 1-0 lead with a low slap shot through traffic. It’s his first goal since Feb. 3. Though there was that Olympic break, so we’ll let it slide.

Madness meter: 3

Detroit ties the game at 1 on a power play. Officially, the goal goes to Gustav Nyquist. Unofficially, it goes to Brent Seabrook’s skate. D’oh.

Madness meter: 2

Ben Smith is Mr. Right Place, Mr. Right Time as he scores on a deflection with 15 seconds left in the period. Good thing he doesn't have to sign that on his checks though.

Madness Meter: 4

 

THIRD PERIOD

Andrew Shaw and Glendening each earn penalties despite being nowhere near the play. Was it worth it, guys? Wait, never mind.

Madness meter: 3

Marian Hossa streaks in from the right and calmly slips one past Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. Looks like he returned from his injury just in time.

Madness meter: 4

Aaaaaand Jonathan Toews scores shorthanded to put this 4-1 Blackhawks victory to bed. With an assist from Hossa. Pretty much a perfect night.

Madness meter: 4


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