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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Red Wings 5, Hawks 4 (SO)

By Chuck Pleiness
Special to ESPNChicago.com



DETROIT -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 5-4 loss in a shootout to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday night.

How it happened: It took overtime to decide the outcome, much like their second-round meeting in the Western Conference playoffs last season. But five extra minutes wasn’t enough to decide things.

The last two games in that memorable best-of-seven series -- during which the Blackhawks came back from a 3-1 series deficit -- were decided by one goal.

On Wednesday, Chicago squandered leads of 2-0, 2-1 and 3-2 against their longtime rival.

The teams combined for four goals in the first period. The first two by Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw came in a span of 2 minutes, 6 seconds. Detroit answered right back with a pair 6:26 apart.

The goals didn’t let up, as the teams combined for two more in a span of 1:17 just past the in the second period.

During the exchange of goals, Detroit got the first score to take its first lead before the Blackhawks got the equalizer from Marcus Kruger.

The Wings then won a six-round shootout, 3-2.

What it means: Joel Quenneville, who has the most wins among active coaches, could have moved into third all alone on the career wins list with 693. Instead, he remains tied with Dick Irvin Sr. at 692. Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Al Arbour (782) are the top two.

Player of the game: Patrick Kane had two assists and was a plus-1 in just less than 19 minutes of ice time. However, he has not scored in 11 straight games.

Stat of the game: Brandon Saad was sent off late in the second period for two infractions, giving the Wings a four-minute man advantage. As Saad was getting called on a hook of Detroit’s Tomas Tatar, he slashed the stick of Tomas Jurco in half to add a second minor to his scoresheet.

What’s next: The Blackhawks will play their 12th back-to-back of the season on the road Thursday against the Minnesota Wild. Chicago is 9-0-2 on the second games of those back-to-backs thus far.