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Hossa stars in Hawks' win over Wings

Marian HossaChicago BlackhawksDetroit Red WingsGustav NyquistBen Smith (ice hockey)United Center

The Blackhawks and Red Wings don't need brackets, Cinderellas or buzzer beaters to get their madness on. All the bad blood from 90-plus years of facing each other is plenty. Take Sunday's game at the United Center.    

FIRST PERIOD

About five minutes in, Corey Crawford makes a pair of huge saves on Detroit’s Luke Glendening. Ahem, the Wings had five shots all period.

Madness meter: 3

Late in the period, Patrick Sharp comes out of the penalty box and immediately smashes a Wing into the corner boards. Nobody puts Sharpy in the penalty box. Nobody!

Madness meter: 2

8: that’s how many “De-troit sucks!” chants erupted during the first period. Yep, Chicago still hates this team.

Madness meter: 4

 

SECOND PERIOD

Nick Leddy gives the Hawks a 1-0 lead with a low slap shot through traffic. It’s his first goal since Feb. 3. Though there was that Olympic break, so we’ll let it slide.

Madness meter: 3

Detroit ties the game at 1 on a power play. Officially, the goal goes to Gustav Nyquist. Unofficially, it goes to Brent Seabrook’s skate. D’oh.

Madness meter: 2

Ben Smith is Mr. Right Place, Mr. Right Time as he scores on a deflection with 15 seconds left in the period. Good thing he doesn't have to sign that on his checks though.

Madness Meter: 4

"I think that’s how you have to score goals in this league any night. So for us, if you try to get to the net, take away his eyes, find rebounds and we were able to do that tonight. We're definitely going to try and keep doing that moving forward."

--Blackhawks forward Ben Smith

 

THIRD PERIOD

Andrew Shaw and Glendening each earn penalties despite being nowhere near the play. Was it worth it, guys? Wait, never mind.

Madness meter: 3

Marian Hossa streaks in from the right and calmly slips one past Wings goalie Jimmy Howard. Looks like he returned from his injury just in time.

Madness meter: 4

Aaaaaand Jonathan Toews scores shorthanded to put this 4-1 Blackhawks victory to bed. With an assist from Hossa. Pretty much a perfect night.

Madness meter: 4

"I liked our game. I think, it was a tight game. That's how it is against this team. We had some timely goals. That one at the end of the second was huge for us. I thought we played the right way. Way more intensity in the puck areas. We found a way to come up with way more loose pucks than in the prior two games."

--Coach Joel Quenneville

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