Hossa Helps Blackhawks Beat Red Wings
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CHICAGO (AP) — Marian Hossa broke a tie with a 5-on-3 power-play goal midway through the third period and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 on Wednesday night in exhibition play.
Hossa, appearing in his first preseason game, beat goalie Ty Conklin from the top of the right circle after taking drop pass from Patrick Kane.
Kane, Brent Seabrook and rookie Ben Smith scored for Chicago (2-2-1). Duncan Keith had three assists.
Fabian Brunnstrom had two goals for Detroit (2-3-0) and Drew Miller also scored.
Kane appeared in his first game since undergoing left wrist surgery in July. Coach Joel Quenneville played the star forward at center on a line with Hossa, who was on right wing, and left wing Andrew Brunette. Kane has skated almost exclusively at right wing in his four NHL seasons, but Quenneville is looking more offense from his centers.
Both starting goalies played the entire game. Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 17 saves and Conklin finished with 20.
Ben Smith left the game early in the third period after being hit by Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith, who received 5-minute match and 10-minute misconduct penalties on the play. Brendan Smith appeared to be lining up Ben Smith for a clean open-ice hit, but instead struck the Chicago forward in the head with his shoulder.
Ben Smith fell forward on the ice, stayed down for several minutes and had to be helped off by Keith and trainer Mike Gapski.
The Blackhawks’ lineup was made up mostly of players who will start the regular season with Chicago. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock held out many of his top skaters and used a lineup filled with prospects and depth players.
Kane opened the scoring midway through the first with a power-play goal on a quick shot from the right circle. Brunnstrom deflected in a power-play goal that tied it with 4:25 left in the first.
Miller put Detroit ahead 2-1 with 39 seconds left in the period. Brunnstrom’s second goal, at 8:08 of the second made it 3-1. Seabrook cut it to 3-2 with a power-play goal from the top of the left circle 1:29 later.
Smith tied it at 3 1:29 the third. He fired into an empty net after Keith’s dump-in bounced off the back boards, eluded Conklin and landed to the right of the net. Smith was knocked out of the game at 5:26 of the period. Hossa netted the winner on the ensuing power play.
NOTES: Chicago LW Viktor Stalberg left the game after the first period with a lower-body injury and didn’t return. … A crowd of 20,028 attended the game, the second largest exhibition crowd in Blackhawks history.
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