Saturday, September 25, 2010
Blackhawks-Wings rapid reaction How it Happened: The Hawks never trailed in earning their first win of the preseason Saturday, 4-2, over the Red Wings. They got goals from Ryan Potulny, Duncan Keith, Jack Skille and Marian Hossa. Keith, Skille, Hossa and Fernando Pisani each had two-point nights. Keith’s goal came on the power play, with the sequence starting after a long pass up-ice by goalie Marty Turco. Turco did not get an assist on the play but showed how his puck handling can have a positive effect on the Hawks’ transition game.
What it Means: The Hawks win for the first time since hoisting the Stanley Cup in Philadelphia in early June. The victory came with most of their star players in the lineup and in front of 20,553 fans. It’s the largest crowd to attend a Blackhawks preseason game in franchise history. They are 1-2 in the preseason with four games remaining.
What’s Next: The Hawks will continue with training camp. Their next preseason game is Tuesday, when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins in the new Console Energy Center.