How it happened: The Hawks took their first lead of the game early in the third period when Patrick Kane found a moving Brent Seabrook in the middle of the Wings' zone. Seabrook took the pass from the corner and slapped home the game winner. The Red Wings led 1-0 and 2-1 on goals by Justin Abdelkader in the first period and Todd Bertuzzi in the second but the Hawks responded both times. Jonathan Toews was awarded a penalty shot when he was hooked by Nicklas Lidstrom on a break-away and the Hawks captain promptly scored going five-hole on goalie Jimmy Howard. They tied it again in the second on a pretty goal by Marian Hossa when he went full circle in the Wings’ zone before slapping one by Howard. Neither team did any damage on the power play while Dan Carcillo and Bertuzzi fought in the first period after Carcillo slammed him hard into the boards.
What it means: The game had a playoff feel from the word go and the back and forth nature didn’t diminish the intensity throughout the night. Joel Quenneville was worried about momentum shifts for Detroit after Wings’ goals but the Hawks responded twice when getting down. That was big as was their ability to limit chances for Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. They combined for just one shot. It was a gutsy effort by the home team in a game that should set the tone for a great season series.
What’s next: The Hawks are off until Monday when they host the Edmonton Oilers in the first game of 2012.