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Filppula scores 2 goals, Red Wings spoil Blackhawks' celebration with 3-2 win

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks raised their 2010 Stanley Cup championship banner, but then were done in by plays that were anything but title-worthy.

Valtteri Filppula's second goal of the game snapped a third-period tie, and the Detroit Red Wings spoiled the Blackhawks' celebration with a 3-2 victory over Chicago on Saturday night.

Filppula exploited two breakdowns and scored on the power-play at 7:01, putting Detroit ahead 3-2.

Chicago defenceman John Scott fell as Filppula accelerated toward him at the blue-line. Filppula cut to the net and accidentally slid a shot under Blackhawks goalie Marty Turco when defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson dived in front of him.

"I just tried to handle it a little bit," Filppula said. "It was bouncing a little bit. I hit it a little on my backhand and I lost it.

"It went five hole. It definitely was a lot of luck. There's nothing to say there."

Turco, Chicago's new No. 1 goalie, lost his second straight one-goal decision.

"It was kind of a broken play," Turco said. "He (Filppula) was coming in and he did whiff on it.

"Our defenceman slid and I made the assumption it was going to get stuck underneath him. That's my mistake."

And Scott's blowout at the blue-line? The six-foot-seven defenceman said he simply fell. Filppula provided a reason why.

"The ice was a bit soft there," Filppula said. "I think he just hit a rut or something. I had a lot of speed."

Todd Bertuzzi had a goal and assist for the Red Wings (2-0).

Brent Seabrook and Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks (0-1-1), who fell to their Central Division archrival in their home opener.

"There is no hiding from teams like that, and we want to take them on head-on and prove ourselves against them," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said. "We played well in some instances, but I'm still disappointed we couldn't beat them in our own building"

The Blackhawks commemorated their first Stanley Cup title since 1961, and fourth in team history, with a 30-minute, pre-game banner-raising ceremony.

The banner was unfurled on the ice by five members of the 1961 team—Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Pierre Pilote, Eric Nesterenko and Ab McDonald. Returning players from last season then skated the banner the length of the ice before it was slowly hoisted to the United Center's rafters.

The Blackhawks wouldn't admit the ceremony distracted them, but the Red Wings, who have won four titles in 13 seasons, certainly know that such celebrations can get you off your game.

"Sometimes it's hard to get going after an emotional ceremony," said Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom, who played on those Red Wings championship teams. "A lot of great memories might start coming back for them, then they've got to be ready to come back and play again.

"I think they battled us hard deep into the third period when we got that power-play goal."

Detroit's Chris Osgood stopped 26 shots in his first start this season.

Turco finished with 23 saves.

Chicago forward Patrick Sharp missed the game, apparently because of an injury sustained Thursday in the Blackhawks' season-opening overtime loss at Colorado.

Sharp was in uniform and skated with his teammates in the banner-raising ceremony. In a pre-game radio broadcast, coach Joel Quenneville said Sharp's condition wasn't serious.

Filppula opened the scoring 12:59 into the first period with a tip-in of Johan Franzen's pinpoint cross-ice feed.

Seabrook's power-play goal with three seconds left in the period tied it at one. He was wide open in front, after pinching in from the right point, and converted Marian Hossa's feed from the left corner.

Bertuzzi put Detroit ahead 2-1 at 1:12 of the second with a goal than withstood a video review. He stuffed a shot between the left post and Turco's right skate, and the puck barely crossed the goal-line.

Bickell tied it 37 seconds later when his wobbling one-timed shot from the high slot fooled Osgood and slidinto the lower right corner of the net.

NOTES: Chicago recalled Brandon Pirri from Rockford of the AHL to take Sharp's place in the lineup. ... Detroit D Jonathan Ericsson sat out because of back spasms, which flared up Friday in the Red Wings' 4-0 win over Anaheim. Jakub Kindl replaced him. ... Detroit C Kris Draper missed the game with a groin injury, and LW Justin Abdelkader sat out with a rib injury. Both are day-to-day. ... NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was loudly booed when he was introduced during the pre-game ceremony.



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