DETROIT (AP) Dominik Kubalik scored his second goal of the game 4:43 in overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Monday night.
“It wasn’t the best we could, but we still found a way to win and that’s huge,” Kubalik said.
Kubalik and Mattias Janmark gave the Blackhawks a two-goal lead in the first period that they slowly lost before advancing into the extra session. Kubalik slipped a shot between the pads of Thomas Greiss, ending a 2v1 run with Pius Suter at the end of overtime.
“It’s not one that we’re going to frame,” Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. “But we got two points and they can’t take them away from us.”
The surprising Blackhawks won for the fifth time in six games in the first game of a six-game road trip. Malcolm Subban finished with 27 stops in his fourth start of the season.
“I didn’t have to make big saves,” Subban said.
Detroit’s Vladislav Namestnikov scored with 14.1 seconds left in the opening period. After a scoreless second, Christian Djoos tied the Red Wings at the start of the third.
“It’s good to score a point, but we have to find a way to score more goals and score two points,” Detroit captain Dylan Larkin said.
Greiss made 21 saves for the Red Wings, who couldn’t follow a win with another win for the fourth time this season.
“I think we’ve been a better team lately,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We have adjusted a few minutes to distribute things and be more of a four-line team.”
The Blackhawks started strong, scoring on their first and fifth shots. Carl Soderberg’s no-looking pass behind him set Janmark 4:19 in the game. Namestnikov flipped the puck and Brandon Hagel took advantage, setting up Kubalik’s goal with 3:51 left in the first.
Namestnikov made up for his draw by scoring in the closing seconds of the first period. Subban appeared to be distracted by traffic in front of the net when Djoos scored from inside the left circle at 5:49 in the third for his first goal in his 13th game with the team.
“I thought it gave us a big boost, but we couldn’t get the win,” Djoos said.
Chicago put center forward Lucas Wallmark on the active roster 90 minutes before the game. It was removed from the COVID-19 protocol list last week.
The Red Wings opened a few concession stands for the first time this season, allowing about 200 people who attended the game to buy food and drink. The family and friends of the players, coaches and staff are mainly the fans in the stands.
Janmark scored his sixth goal, matching his score from each of the previous two seasons in Dallas. He scored 34 goals in his first two seasons with the Stars before cooling off to a total of 12 goals the next two years.
“I’m trying to go back to my old way of playing, where I have more puck and I’m skating more and that has worked,” Janmark said.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Teams return to play Wednesday night in the fourth of eight games in the NHL regular season, shortened by the pandemic and only by divisions. Chicago is 3-0 in the season series against Detroit.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.