Veteran Todd Bertuzzi evened the bonus format by converting
in the third round before Corey Crawford and Jonas Gustavsson
held the fort over the next two turns. Helm put the Red Wings
ahead by breezing in and wristing a shot past Crawford before
Gustavsson denied Andrew Shaw to end the wild affair.
Gustav Nyquist scored and set up a goal while Tomas Tatar,
Patrick Eaves and defenseman Kyle Quincey also tallied for
Detroit, which pulled into a tie with Columbus for eighth place
in the Eastern Conference. Captain Henrik Zetterberg notched
three assists and Gustavsson returned from a groin injury to
make 31 saves in his first appearance since Dec. 28.
Former Red Wing Marian Hossa scored his sixth goal in as many
games, Patrick Sharp netted his team-leading 26th tally and
Marcus Kruger and Shaw also scored. Patrick Kane recorded two
assists and Crawford turned aside 27 shots for the Blackhawks,
who moved within three points of NHL-leading Anaheim.
Nyquist gave Detroit its first lead at 4-3 midway through the
second period, converting a centering feed from Zetterberg.
Chicago forged a tie 5:12 into the third as Kruger intercepted
Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith's ill-advised clearing attempt
through the middle of the ice before snapping a shot off the
right post and into the net.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Hossa, who opened the scoring when the puck
deflected off his shin and in, also has two assists during his
six-game point streak. ... Sharp's power-play tally snapped
Chicago's 0-for-12 drought with the man advantage over the past
three games. ... Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson returned after a
10-game absence due to broken ribs.
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