Clever Title Presented By Amway: Blackhawks @ Detroit Red Wings Preseason Review

Blackhawks lose to the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout.

Preseason record: 1-2-1

Okay, so I didn’t watch the game. I was at the Bears-Packers game compliments of someone else, and it was probably one of the most frustrating sports experience of my entire life. But enough about the Bears’ offense. Let’s get to this meaningless game recap.

The story of the game on the Blackhawks’ side was Brandon Pirri, with two goals and three points on the night. Remember last year on Opening Night when he was brought in to sub for Sharp at the last minute, and how nervous he looked? Our little boy is growing up! Excuse me, I need some tissue to dab away my nostalgic tears…

Anyway, he obviously did well tonight. So did Jimmy Hayes, who scored the other goal for the Blackhawks. Even if these two get sent back down to Rockford, look for them to get called up more often this season.

Alexander Salak apparently did okay in his first full preseason game. From what I could gather from the tweets, he had some amazing saves… but some of those “amazing” saves came from not reading the puck until the very last second. Not so great, but hey — it only matters that you stop the puck, not how you do it, right? Tim Thomas would agree.

One person who hasn’t impressed this preseason is Marcus Kruger. This is unfortunate, because he was earmarked as the Blackhawks’ second-line center before preseason started. He’s impressed so little that Coach Q is considering experimenting with Kane in center. My initial reaction to this was uncontrolled laughter — but, hey, Kane’s said that he wants to step up his play this year. This could be his shot to prove that. I’m still going to laugh, though.

Another familiar name who has failed to impress this preseason? Our good buddy Kyle Beach, who was scratched only a couple of hours before game time. Expect him to be sent back down to Rockford by tomorrow.

Am I supposed to be upset at this game, though? This was the Blackhawks’ B-C team going against a lot of the Red Wings’ A team, and they managed to take them to a shootout. Not too shabby. I do have one complaint, though: could the Blackhawks learn how to score on a power play before the season starts? That’d be awesome.

Box Score:

1st Period
07:35 DET PPG Valtteri Filppula (1) – Assists: N. Lidstrom (1) & H. Zetterberg
19:13 DET Henrik Zetterberg (1) – Assists: J. Franzen (1) & V. Filppula (1)

2nd Period
07:32 CHI SHG Brandon Pirri (1) – unassisted
08:55 DET PPG Nicklas Lidstrom (1) –  Assists: I. White (1) & V. Filppula (2)
16:01 CHI Jimmy Hayes (1) – Assists: B. Smith (1) & B. Pirri (1)

3rd Period
09:33 CHI Brandon Pirri (2) – Assists: J. Hayes (1)

OT Period
NONE

Shootout
DET: Johan Franzen – SAVE
CHI: Brandon Pirri – GOAL
DET: Todd Bertuzzi – GOAL
CHI: Michael Frolik – SAVE
DET: Henrik Zetterberg – GOAL
CHI: Brandon Saad – SAVE

Post-game Video: Joel Quenneville, Alexander Salak, Jimmy Hayes, Brandon Pirri

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