Blackhawks ride fast start to victory over Red Wings

December 17, 2010


The Detroit News

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks haven't resembled last season Stanley Cup winning team often but they did Friday in defeating the Detroit Red Wings, 4-1.

The Wings, on the other hand, didn't put up much of a battle.

Playing without stars Patrick Kane (ankle) and Marian Hossa (lower body), the Blackhawks were still able to control most of the game in a disappointing Red Wings effort.

The entire evening baffled coach Mike Babcock, who expected a lot more from the Wings.

"Shocked, actually, would be a good way to describe it," Babcock said. "The disappointing thing was we didn't play hard enough.

"It was a fair game. They played harder than we did for longer. We didn't have enough guys on deck. You need 20 guys to win. We didn't have enough guys. They were way more desperate and looked more desperate."

The Wings allowed two goals in the first 4 minutes 32 seconds of the game and had to play catch-up hockey, something they've had to do increasingly often lately. With Friday's loss, the Wings have won three of their last eight games (3-4-1).

"You have to be desperate and play hard and you have to have everyone going and right now we don't, for whatever reason," Babcock said.

Patrick Eaves scored the lone goal for the Wings (20-8-3, 43 points).

Former Red Wing Tomas Kopecky (two goals, including an empty-netter) and Patrick Sharp (power play), Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks (17-14-3, 37 points).

The Wings haven't been getting much offensively from their second line