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Defense does it all vs. Red Wings

12/21/2009

The defense rests.

They deserve to after helping the Hawks to a 3-0 dominating victory over rival Detroit, while also contributing on the offensive end with two goals.

“We really like to force the issue,” Brian Campbell said after scoring on one of those goals. “We played a good, solid game. That was just a solid game.”

The Red Wings ouster of the Hawks in last season’s playoffs seems like ages ago as the proverbial torch in the Central division continues to be passed. The Hawks are doing it like the Red Wings used to. With faceoff wins, puck possession, and a big shot differential. On Sunday, the Hawks won 64 percent of the faceoffs while outshooting Detroit 35-20 for the game, including 22-10 in the first two periods when the game was decided.

“We came to the rink focused today and we jumped on them when we had the chance there,” Duncan Keith said. Keith scored his sixth of the season on an early power play.

Cristobal Huet has a 141:21 scoreless streak after completing his second straight shutout.

“I didn’t see the puck for the first 15 minutes,” Huet said in reference to the Wings not having a shot on goal until late in the first period. “That’s the kind of team we are. I try to make a save when the team needs me but sometimes it’s not easy because [even though] the scoring chances are there, I don’t see a lot of shots.”

Joel Quenneville acknowledged the Wings have been playing short handed lately because of injuries but that didn’t change the fact his team is on top of their game.

“I really liked the way we played,” Quenneville said. “All areas, all aspects of our game were on tonight. It was a fun building. The crowd was great..and scoring on that power play certainly helped us as we progressed.”

Dustin Byfuglien continued his strong play with his tenth goal, to go along with team highs of six shots and three hits. The Hawks improved to 16-3-1 at home.