No Bailouts Here: Chicago Blackhawks, Huet Shut Down Detroit Red Wings

December 21st, 2009 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
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I’m not sure even Robocop could have given Detroit a chance on Sunday.

In the first game between hated rivals in two months, the improved Blackhawks defeated the injury-depleted Red Wings 3-0 in front of another United Center-best crowd. Even though Detroit had won four straight before losing to Dallas on Saturday, the Hawks dominated every aspect of the game on Sunday night and made a strong statement that the Central Division crown will be won coming through Chicago this year.

From the first chant of “Detroit Sucks,” the crowd was ready to witness perhaps the first game in 15 years in which the Blackhawks were clearly the better team in the building. However, the excitement and chanting developed a subtle curiosity as the Hawks kept Detroit from getting a single shot on net for over 12 minutes in the first period.

The puck control and suffocating defense from Chicago in the first period was as good as I’ve seen certainly this season, and was perhaps the best from any Hawks team against Detroit in a generation.

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