Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 1 (OT)

January, 27, 2013
1/27/13
9:12
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Powers By Scott Powers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-1 overtime win over the Detroit Red Wings at the United Center on Sunday.

How it happened: The Blackhawks continued their winning ways when defenseman Nick Leddy scored on a pass from Viktor Stalberg with 2:13 left in overtime. Duncan Keith provided the Blackhawks an early goal when he scored on a power play at 2:24 of the first period. It was the Blackhawks’ seventh power-play goal of the season. After the two teams went scoreless in the second period, the Red Wings tied the game with a goal by Johan Franzen at 4:30 of the third period. The Blackhawks’ penalty kill came up big in the win. The Blackhawks denied the Red Wings on all six of their power plays. The Blackhawks have allowed one power-play goal this season.

Player of the game: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford allowed just one goal and made 29 saves in the win. He improved to 5-0-0 on the season.

What it means: The Blackhawks set a franchise record Sunday by winning their sixth consecutive game to start the 2013 season. With a 6-0-0 record, the Blackhawks are four games short of tying the NHL record of consecutive wins to start a season. The record is held by the 1993-1994 Toronto Maple Leafs and 2006-2007 Buffalo Sabres.

What’s next: The Blackhawks might forget what home is like by the time they return to it. Their next six games are on the road because the United Center is being occupied by a Disney On Ice show from Jan. 30-Feb. 10. The Blackhawks will travel to Minnesota, Vancouver, Calgary, San Jose, Phoenix and Nashville. Their next home game will be Feb. 12.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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