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Sunday, January 8, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Red Wings 3, Hawks 2

By Jesse Rogers

CHICAGO -- A quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks' 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Hawks led for most of the contest, but couldn’t hold on. Henrik Zetterberg tied it for the Wings at 15:15 of the third period as Nick Leddy was cross checked in the crease, and Pavel Datsyuk scored the winning goal when the puck bounced off Leddy in overtime. Things looked good for the Hawks early in the first period when Dave Bolland scored on a power play and then 44 seconds later Patrick Sharp tallied his 20th goal of the season. Sharp later left with an injury. Detroit’s first score came in the first when Valtteri Filppula scored on the continuation of a 5-on-3 power play. The Hawks played in Detroit’s zone most of the night, limiting the Wings chances and their shots on net. They had 27 for the game. Jimmy Hayes missed on a penalty shot in the third when Tomas Holmstrom covered the puck with his hand as it lay in the crease.

What it means: Just nine days after a good win over Detroit, the Hawks have now lost four straight. Michael Frolik played well centering for Sharp and Hossa in his first stint in the middle this season. The Hawks fell to to 24-13-5 and now are in a three-way tie with the Red Wings and Blues in the Central Division with 53 points.

Sharp injury: Sharp scored his 20th goal and promptly left the game after the first period. It was unclear how he suffered his upper-body injury as the Hawks waited until the start of the third period to announce his night was done.

What’s next: The Hawks continue a homestand with a visit from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday after a practice day on Monday.