The Chicago Blackhawks blitzed the Detroit Red Wings with three goals early in the first period and added four more in the final two periods as they cruised to a 7-1 victory in Joe Louis Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Blackhawks left winger Jeremy Morin, a day after being called up from AHL Rockford, scored a few minutes into the first period on an unassisted goal in his 13th game with Chicago. Over the next two minutes, Brandon Saad and Dave Bolland added goals (the latter actually an own-goal by Jakub Kindl), as the Blackhawks blitzed Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard early on.
Saad ended the day with two scores and an assist for Chicago, which moved to 26-5-3 and seemingly found itself for a game after playing average hockey in the last 10 games since their historic streak to start the year.
Meanwhile, Chicago goalie Corey Crawford held strong on the day despite the Red Wings putting 34 shots on goal to the Blackhawks' 26. He only allowed the final shot on goal to get past him; a score by Detroit's Cory Emmerton with just 33 seconds left in the game squashed a near-shutout.
Jonathan Toews, who finished the day with a goal and two assists, added another Chicago goal four minutes into the second period, and Howard was eventually pulled after allowing four goals to go with 10 saves in 24 minutes on the ice.
Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson replaced Howard but had little more success. He had nine saves but gave up three goals.