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Sunday, March 16, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 4, Red Wings 1

By Scott Powers



CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa played in his first game after missing five with an injury, and made an immediate impact. Hossa had a goal and two assists in the win. He put the game away by scoring off the rush at 6:33 of the third period to put Chicago ahead 3-1 and then set up Jonathan Toews for the final goal later in the period. Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy broke a scoreless tie when he scored with a slap shot on the power play at 8:44 of the second period. The Red Wings evened the game on their own power-play goal by Gustav Nyquist at 15:10. The Blackhawks went back ahead when Ben Smith cleaned up a rebound with 13.7 seconds remaining in the second period. Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford made 19 saves and Detroit's Jimmy Howard had 26 saves.

What it means: The Blackhawks snapped a two-game losing streak. They improved to 39-15-14 with 92 points and remained in third place in the Central. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Sunday and held onto second place in the division. The Avalanche are 44-19-5 with 93 points. The Blackhawks, who lead the league in goals-for average, scored more than two goals for just the third time in the past 10 games. Chicago snapped a 0-for-11 power-play streak over the past four games with its goal in the second period.

Player of the game: Hossa’s return keyed the win. The Blackhawks were 2-3 in his recent absence.

Stat of the game: The Blackhawks led the Red Wings 25-12 in shots on goal through two periods.

What’s next: The Blackhawks hit the road to play the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Chicago will return home to face the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.