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Blackhawks beat Red Wings, lose Saad to injury

Mar 16, 2014, 10:11 PM EDT

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All the way back in April 2011, the Detroit Red Wings nearly ended the Chicago Blackhawks’ season in a huge game. The Minnesota Wild bailed the ‘Hawks out in an odd scenario, yet it still showed that the veteran Red Wings could foil the upstart ‘Hawks.

Even the powerhouse 2012-13 Blackhawks had trouble finishing off an underdog Detroit team in last year’s playoffs.

On Sunday, the role reversal seemed truly complete, with Chicago making life a little more miserable for Detroit this time around. The Blackhawks won 4-1 in an increasingly rare rivalry game between two teams now in different divisions and conferences.

Chicago improves its chances of wrestling the Central Division’s second spot from the Colorado Avalanche (another Detroit rival), while things are far more dire for the banged-up Red Wings. This loss keeps them at 73 points in 67 games played, leaving an increasingly small margin for error for a team desperately fighting to keep an outstanding playoff streak going.

It wasn’t all good news for the Blackhawks, however, as rising forward Brandon Saad left the game with an injury and didn’t return. On a night in which Marian Hossa looked fantastic in his return from an upper-body issue, that’s a little disappointing for the defending champions.

These two Hossa-powered goals should soothe those wounds, however:

Chicago and Detroit won’t meet as often going forward, but if Sunday is any indication, the two teams could still keep this rivalry alive.

  1. ineedmorehossa - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    I need more Hossa

    • 19to77 - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:20 PM

      There can never be enough Hossa.

    • chicagobtech - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:33 PM

      We all do, buddy. We all do.

  2. pone27 - Mar 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Hopefully Saads injury is nothing major…. Very integral part of the offense.

    From a rivalry aspect, sucked to watch this game. For me, from a Hawks fan perspective, it didn’t carry that same emotion that I am used to. Beyond the point difference, knowing that the Wings have zero shot this season in making it all the way to the cup finals, topped off with not even being a key part of the division/conference, it made me just feel blah watching the game.

    Hopefully Saad gets back quick

  3. esracerx46 - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Whats with the rivalry reversed and relocated stuff? Did I have that much to drink this st Patrick’s or what? Would have used renewed myself.

    • James O'Brien - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:11 PM

      Reversed because the Blackhawks are now ruining the Red Wings’ chances (as opposed to the other way around in 2011, as noted) and relocated because they’re no longer in the same division and conference.

      Understand the confusion but I figure people read the words renewed and rekindled enough for one day :-)

      • esracerx46 - Mar 16, 2014 at 11:16 PM

        Thanks. Too much green beer this weekend I suppose. Too many “r” adjectives.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Anybody see the play where Saad was hurt? Theories?

    • gret9 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Possibly on the Kronwall Krusher that he partially took, although he did pull up a bit to avoid ending up like Marty Havlat did in the playoffs against Detroit in 2009.

      Seebs also did a good job of avoiding a Kronwall Krusher.

  5. hockeyornothing - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Heard commentators saying they didn’t see anything happen to Saad. Hopefully it’s just a stomach bug or something not an injury!

  6. blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:11 AM


    Person A: name the only team who’s been in the WC Final the past two years ?

    Person B: well that would be the glorious Kings of Los Angeles ! :)

    The bottom line is that these stories about people like the Hawks, Ducks and Blues are nothing more than ‘seasonal’ filler, or ‘ersatz’ entertainment if you will. For everyone knows that when things start to ‘really’ count, there’s no one better in the business today than us SC Champion LA Kings ! We’ve ‘been there’ the last two years running and we’ve every intention of ‘being there’ yet again this year ! Yes sir ! And when we’re there yet again this spring, whichever ersatz ‘pretender’ facing us is going to be squashed, no different than some hapless ant under the heel of a righteous boot on the sidewalk !

    Summary: Hawks, Ducks and Blues are nothing more than ‘ersatz’ entertainment !

    • esracerx46 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      But what if person A and person B are one in the same? Well, you come off as kind of crazy as you’re having a conversation with yourself.

    • slysipops - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

      give it a rest bloms….i know your upset about the 2 losses but really …………….

  7. blomfeld - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:44 AM

    Glad he got ‘hurt’!

    ‘Blackhawks’ can’t ‘hang’ with my Kings anyway. Toews is a ‘wimp’, and Kane is a ‘selfish’ show off that dances too much.

    GO KINGS GO!!!!!!!!

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 17, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      Funny, I seem to remember last year’s playoffs in which Jonathan Quick couldn’t even hang in a game.

      And it wasn’t because of injury.


    • 7mantel - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Wow Blom ,it’s only a game !

    • blackhawksdynasty - Mar 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      ‘Blom’ I never had you pegged as a ‘troll’. Thought you had more ‘class’ than that. Pretty sure this ‘article’ has nothing to do with your pathetic ‘Queens’

      Still ‘butthurt’ after the ‘Queens’ were ’embarrassed’ by the REAL SC CHAMPS last year ‘eh’? And ‘again’ this ‘season’ ‘eh’!

      The ‘wimp’ and the ‘showoff’ consistently make your ‘Queens’ look like they belong in the ‘QMJHL’

      ‘Lucky’ for you the ‘ladies of LA’ don’t have to play THE CHAMPS again this year. Unless of course they meet in the ‘playoffs’. That would be a ‘blast’ since I love watching you ‘eat’ your quotation filled ‘words’

  8. isphet71 - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:24 AM

    The Blackhawks haven’t ruined the Wings’ chances this season; injuries have. How good would the Blackhawks be if Kane and Toews were out right now and for half the season, they were currently down 5 centers (!) and Hossa was just coming back from missing half the season?

    I’m not trying to downplay how good the Blackhawks have been this season and the last few; they have really come on strong. This comment is more about just how truly decimated the Wings are this year due to injury. There is no team in the NHL that could sustain injuries of this magnitude to their star players and even hope to be in serious contention with teams as good as the Hawks this year.

    • gret9 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      Totally agree. Any Blackhawk fan has to admit the team looked like crap for the most part the last 5 games, other than the Columbus game. Who was missing?

      They looked like a different team last night. Who was back.

      Kane is my favorite Blackhawk, but imho the three players that are critical their success are Toews, Hossa and Keith.

      They have not played well when Hoss has been out this year and I believe they lost the one game that Keith missed.

  9. timmmah10 - Mar 17, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Being a Detroiter and huge wings fan, it’s been a tough but encouraging season. Until this year, I was intrigued by the youth in grand rapids, but didn’t really know if they could play in the NHL or not. All of the players down there weren’t exactly highly projected by scouting websites.

    Right now, it’s not even close. Chicago is the better team and has been for a few years. Chicago blew up a large part of their team a few years ago, and only got stronger. Hats off to Scotty Bowman’s kid for pulling together a very good squad.

    This season has sucked in terms of injury, but it has shown me that the Wings DO have life after Dats and Z. To be honest, I think the forwards are good enough now. The Defense has been brutal since the day Lidstrom stepped off the ice. Kronwall is good, but not a #1 defenseman. Brendan Smith gives up more goals as he scores. Ericsson is a Jekyll and Hyde guy. DeKeyser is still very raw.

    With a lot of money coming off the cap this offseason, I expect the wings to spend heavy on defense. And in 2 years when Dats and Z are one their way out and Mantha is on his way up, we’ll still have a competitive team to look forward to.

  10. dtownbeatdown - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    As much as I hate the hawks, I miss this rivalry more than anything. Hawks are a great team, if wings make the playoffs it would be a hockey miracle. But the future looks very bright for us.

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