In Chicago the Blackhawks got a much needed effort in goal as Kevin Lankinen made 30 saves to backstop the Hawks to their first win of the season, 4-1, over the Detroit Red Wings.
“What can I say? Friday night in Chicago, home opener at the United Center, get your first NHL win,” Lankinen said. “Only the fans were missing; that [stinks]. But other than that, [it] feels awesome.”
“Didn’t like our first period at all,” Blackhawks head coach Jeremy Colliton said. “I thought it was nowhere near good enough to what we need, especially considering the situation we came into the game facing. But I thought the response the last two periods we showed a much better intention to do the right thing and that’s what we need.”
After Chicago had taken a 3-0 lead, Dylan Larkin spoiled the shutout bid with a goal.
“We had some chances early,” Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said. “I thought in the first 10 [minutes of the game], we had opportunities to score, we didn’t score. I thought we ground ourselves down by turning pucks over in the neutral zone, trying to complicate things and force plays that weren’t there.”
Mattias Janmark scored shorthanded late in the third for the sealer.
Thomas Greiss made 24 saves in a loss where he got little support from his defensemen.
“They got two points on us and we get a chance to even it up with them [Sunday],” Larkin said. “Every game is a division game, we’re all fighting for the same playoff spots. It’s a huge game on Sunday here and we’ve had great responses, we’ve come out in that second game and played some of our best hockey.”