Hawks Win, Lot's of Call-Ups

The Detroit Red Wings lost to their Central Division rival Chicago Blackhawks yesterday 2-1 in a game that showed that the Red Wings had no jump and could not solve the Hawks' defence.

Patrick Sharp and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks and Niklas Kronwall responded for Detroit with his 14th of the year.

The shots were only 24-18 in favour of Detroit, but Ray Emery was solid for Chicago to seal the win. Jimmy Howard started the game but Joey MacDonald was surprisingly in the net to start the second in a 1-1 game. Howard and Jakub Kindl both left the game with lower body injuries. Howard was still on the bench but will sit out next game in Philadelphia.

Sharp scored less than five minutes into the game on the powerplay with a snap shot and Kane's persistance around MacDonald payed off with a nice move to make it a 2-1 game. Darren Helm provided all the work for Kronwall's goal, twisting and turning past Kane and Brent Seabrook to set up a point shot that beat Emery.

With the game on the line and MacDonald on the bench, the Red Wings dissappointed. They didn't get set up in the Hawks end, let alone get past their own blueline. 

The bright spot for a second straight game was rookie defenceman Brendan Smith, who fought Andrew Shaw and beat him soundly. Smith didn't want to drop the mitts because Detroit had five defenceman with Kindl out, but when Shaw dropped the gloves he obliged because he, "doesn't turtle or walk away."

Injuries are not an excuse as Chicago was without Jonathan Toews, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Steve Montador and dressed five rookies.

The Red Wings injury list now includes Howard, Kindl, Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Ericsson and Patrick Eaves. Todd Bertuzzi was also hurt but played in the game. Chris Conner was called up in case Bertuzzi couldn't play but was scratched.

For the game in Philly, Detroit will still be without all of the above mentioned players. They recalled Conner, Doug Janik and Jordan Pearce today to replace them. Conner will skate on the fourth line, likely replacing Bertuzzi (groin), Janik will take Kindl's spot and Pearce will backup MacDonald. It is the first call up for the Notre Dame product. Ty Conklin was not recalled because he would have to clear re-entry waivers.

The Red Wings will need a more solid effort than the one made last night against Chicago if they want to beat a solid Flyers team.

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Kyle Busch