CHICAGO – Patrick Kane scored his 38th goal on the first shot of the game and Corey Crawford made 33 saves, helping the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Sunday.
Artem Anisimov and Duncan Keith each had a power-play goal as Chicago won for the third time in four games, including a 5-2 victory at Detroit on Wednesday. The Blackhawks went 2 for 3 with the man advantage and have at least one power-play goal in each of their last four games. Captain Jonathan Toews also scored.
The season-high crowd of 22,247 had just started its usual derisive Detroit chant when Kane skated up the right side and beat Petr Mrazek with a wrist shot under the goaltender's glove just 21 seconds into the game. Kane's eighth goal in his last 13 games ran his NHL-best point total to a career-high 89.
The Red Wings played without center Pavel Datsyuk, who was scratched due to an illness. Datsyuk has 13 goals and 23 assists in 49 games.
Mrazek also allowed Keith's ninth goal before he was replaced by Jimmy Howard at 6:19 of the first. Howard finished with 19 saves.
The goaltender change sparked Detroit for a while. Gustav Nyquist's 16th goal trimmed Chicago's lead to 2-1 at 8:34 of the opening period, and the Red Wings outshot the Blackhawks 13-3 in the second.
With Toews in the box for slashing, Crawford made a terrific kick save on rookie Dylan Larkin early in the third. The Red Wings went 0 for 3 on the power play.
Crawford also made a great stop on Tomas Tatar at 3:53 before the Blackhawks put it away. Anisimov was parked in front when he tipped Artemi Panarin's shot past Howard for his 19th goal. Toews added another goalmouth tip-in for a 4-1 lead at 12:23.
NOTES: Blackhawks F Marian Hossa (lower body) is expected to travel with the team for Wednesday's game at St. Louis. Hossa has been out since he was hit on his lower left leg in the second period of an overtime loss to Anaheim on Feb. 13. ... Red Wings C Brad Richards got a standing ovation when he was recognized on the overhead videoboard during the first period in his return to Chicago after helping the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup last season. He acknowledged the cheers with a wave. ... Blackhawks F Brandon Mashinter was scratched due to an illness. D Christian Ehrhoff also was inactive. ... Datsyuk and D Alexey Marchenko were the scratches for the Red Wings. ... Blackhawks F Teuvo Teravainen played in his 100th career game. ... Musician and actress Lady Gaga and her fiancé, actor Taylor Kinney, got a big ovation when they smooched when they were shown on the videoboard during the "Kiss Cam" segment in the second period.
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