How it happened: Marcus Kruger broke a 1-1 tie early in the third period when he crashed the net after Jimmy Hayes' backhand wrap-around chance. Hayes scored the Hawks’ first goal on a tap-in after Duncan Keith put a puck on net in the second period. It tied the game after Detroit took an early lead on a power-play goal by Valtteri Filppula. The Hawks failed to convert several other good scoring chances in the middle 20 minutes, including when Michael Frolik and Dave Bolland missed on breakaway tries. Patrick Kane also had a close-in chance but Jimmy Howard made the needed saves.
What it means: It’s a big win in terms of the Hawks playing another tight, defensive game and coming out on top. Just as on Sunday against St. Louis, getting down 1-0 did little to dissuade them. They kept at it and even though they missed on some great second-period chances, they were rewarded with Hayes’ tying goal. The power play stalled again, which meant the hard work 5-on-5 couldn’t let up, and it didn’t. It’s the first time all season the Hawks have given up less than two goals in three straight games as they improve to 33-21-7 and have won four consecutive. It’s a solid win without their captain in the lineup.
What’s next: The Hawks have a practice day on Wednesday before hosting the Dallas Stars on Thursday.