Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Red Wings Top Blackhawks in Shootout

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Roundup: Red Wings Top Blackhawks in Shootout

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When the Detroit Red Wings got off to a slow start, Jimmy Howard kept them in the game. When it went to a shootout, Howard closed the door.

Howard made 32 saves through overtime, and then denied Patrick Sharp on the final play of the tiebreaker, sending Detroit to a 3-2 victory over the host Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.

"We were fortunate. We had some guys really dig in for us, including Howie," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "But we've got to be better than we were tonight."

Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist scored in the tiebreaker for Detroit (32-14-10), which won for just the third time in 11 shootouts this season. Tatar also scored in regulation, and Darren Helm had a goal and an assist.

"The shootout is like roulette. You never know," Tatar said. "We don't have a good stat this year but we're glad to beat them. I don't get it either. I'm surprised. With the skill potential we have, it's kind of weird.

"It seems like we can do lots of things on the ice when we play 5- on-5, and all of a sudden shootouts come and we have a tough time to score a goal."

Jonathan Toews put Chicago in front in the first round of the shootout, but Patrick Kane's backhander went off the crossbar, and Sharp was stopped by Howard on the final attempt.

"We'll take a point," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We've had some success in the shootouts recently. Tonight, if Kaner's goes in, I would've liked our chances."

Brandon Saad and Kris Versteeg scored in regulation for Chicago (35-18-5), and Corey Crawford had 26 saves. The Blackhawks dropped to 2-0-3 on their season-high, eight-game homestand.

NOTEBOOK

Jets dealing with injuries * The Winnipeg Jets likely will have to continue their drive to the postseason without Mathieu Perreault, while Drew Stafford is considered day to day.

Both forwards were injured in Winnipeg's 5-4 shootout win over Edmonton on Monday. …

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