Red Wings Spoil Celebration
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CHICAGO (AP) – Valtteri Filppula’s second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie, and the Detroit Red Wings spoiled the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup banner-raising celebration with a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Saturday night.Filppula exploited two breakdowns and scored on the power-play at 7:01 of the third, putting Detroit ahead 3-2.
Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and assist for the Red Wings (2-0).
Brent Seabrook and Bryan Bickell scored for the defending champion Blackhawks (0-1-1) in their home opener.
On the winning goal, Chicago defenseman John Scott fell as Filppula accelerated toward him at the blue line. Filppula cut to the net and slid a shot under Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco, who might have been screened when defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson dived in front of him.
The Blackhawks commemorated their 2010 Stanley Cup championship – their first since 1961 and fourth in team history – with a 30-minute, pregame banner-raising ceremony.
The banner was unfurled on the ice by five members of the 1961 team – Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Pierre Pilote, Eric Nesterenko and Ab McDonald. Returning players from last season then skated the banner the length of the ice before it was slowly hoisted to the United Center’s rafters.
Detroit’s Chris Osgood stopped 26 shots in his first start this season.
Turco made his second straight start and had 23 saves.
Chicago forward Patrick Sharp missed the game, apparently because of an sustained Thursday in the Blackhawks’ season-opening overtime loss at Colorado.
Sharp was in uniform and skated with his teammates in the banner-raising ceremony. In a pregame radio broadcast, coach Joel Quenneville said Sharp’s condition wasn’t serious.
Filppula opened the scoring 12:59 into the first period with a tip-in of Johan Franzen’s pinpoint cross-ice feed.
Seabrook’s power-play goal with 3 seconds left in the period tied it at 1. He was wide open in front after pinching in from the right point and converted Marian Hossa’s feed from the left corner.
Bertuzzi put Detroit back ahead, 2-1 at 1:12 of the second with a goal than withstood a video review. He stuffed a shot between the left post and Turco’s right skate, and the puck barely crossed the goal line.
Bickell tied it 37 seconds later when his wobbling one-timed shot from the high slot fooled Osgood and slid into the lower right corner of the net.
NOTES: Chicago recalled Brandon Pirri from Rockford of the AHL to take Sharp’s place in the lineup. … Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson sat out because of back spasms, which flared up Friday in the Red Wings’ 4-0 win over Anaheim. Jakub Kindl replaced him. Detroit C Kris Draper missed the game with a groin injury, and LW Justin Abdelkader sat out with a rib injury. Both are day-to-day. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was loudly booed when he was introduced during the pregame ceremony.
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