The Detroit Red Wings are 1-1 in the preseason following a visit to Chicago to take on the defending Stanley Cup champs.
But it was penalties ... and ejections ... that did in the Wings as they lost to the Hawks, 2-0.
Right from the drop of the puck, the Red Wings had their work cut out for them as they racked up excess penalty minutes.
The first of the Hawk's powerplays came after Teemu Pulkkinen laid out Michael Kostka. For his troubles, Pulkkinen got a five-minute major and was ejected from the game.
In all, the Blackhawks had four powerplay opportunities in the 1st, but were not able to capitalize as Jonas Gustavsson racked up 13 saves in the period.
The 2nd period started out much like the 1st as Grand Rapids Griffins regular Mitch Callahan was tossed for boarding, leading to a five-minute powerplay for the Hawks. But yet again, the Wings were able to kill it.
But just like that, the Blackhawks went up 2-0 late in the second on goals by Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith.
Gustavsson ended the night with 21 saves.
The Red Wings were without Johan Franzen, out with a lower-body injury.
Several Red Wings prospects saw playing time against the Blackhawks (redwings.com)
Let winter begin!
The preseason got underway on Monday night as the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 in Pittsburgh.
Plenty of Griffins regulars saw playing time, but one in particular had a stellar night. Adam Almqvist scored two goals in the 2nd.
The Red Wings drew first blood as Tomas Tatar scored at 12:56 in the 1st to put the RedWings up 1-0. Griffins regular Landon Ferraro scored the assist along with Brendan Smith.
The Pens tied it up at a goal each just 1:05 into the 2nd with Brandon Sutter scoring as he
snapped off shot on a 2-on-1 from right circle.
But then the Red Wings took over.
Following a Sidney Crosby penalty for slashing, Almqvist scored his first goal of the night on a powerplay as he ripped one from the point to put the Red Wings up 2-1.
The Red Wings failed to score on a 5-on-3 opportunity but, after a return to full strength, another Pens penalty resulted in Almqvist's second goal of the night on a back pass from Samuelsson putting the Wings up 3-1 midway through the 2nd.
Pavel Datsyuk blew things wide open with under three minutes left to play in the 2nd as he
snagged his own rebound and slammed it into the net to make it 4-1.
Jimmy Howard started in goal, but Griffins Calder Cup-winning netminder Petr Mrazek took over to begin the 3rd for the Wings.
NEXT GAME: Tuesday night (9/17) on the road against the defending Stanley Cup champs, the Chicago Blackhawks.
Source saying Dan Cleary deal with Detroit Red Wings is expected to be 1 year at $1.75M #TSN— Aaron Ward (@aaronward_nhl) September 12, 2013
Ward added that it's a done deal and that Cleary will sign the deal tonight.
This crazy story escalated on Thursday morning ...
And here we go: Per Daniel Cleary "Flying to Traverse. I'm back. Signing tonight." #RedWings— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) September 12, 2013
This whole story began yesterday with this ...
And what about money? Can the Red Wings afford it?