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Brent Seabrook's third period goal gave the Blackhawks a crucial victory to end 2011.
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The Chicago Blackhawks pulled out a major 3-2 victory on Friday night in their first match up of 2011 vs. the Detroit Red Wings. With the victory, the Blackhawks (24-10-4) have taken a five point lead over the Red Wings (23-13-1) in the Western Conference's Central Division, and have temporarily retaken the top spot in the entire conference.
The Red Wings held two separate one goal leads in the game— one in each of the first two periods— but the Blackhawks were able to fight back both times. Chicago's one lead, which was the only one they'd need, came quickly in the third period when Brent Seabrook scored his second goal of the season to put the Blackhawks up 3-2. The goal from Seabrook came on assists from Patrick Kane (his 26th) and Patrick Sharp (his 19th).
The Blackhawks will kick off 2012 on Monday Jan. 2 when they host the Edmonton Oilers.
For more on the Chicago Blackhawks, drop by Second City Hockey, and for the more coverage and in-depth analysis on the Detroit Red Wings, check out Winging It In Motown. Stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago for in-game score updates and post-game recaps.
Friday night's showdown between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings looks like it will go down to the wire. The Central Division leaders are tied at two goals apiece after the second period, after being tied at 1-1 after the first period. The Red Wings have had leads in both periods, only to see Chicago answer back.
Detroit took the lead for the second time with a little over five minutes spent in the second period on Todd Bertuzzi's fifth goal of the season, which came on assists from Mike Commodore and Jonathan Ericsson. But the Blackhawks were able to answer back a little over two minutes later on Marion Hossa's 17th goal of the season, which was assisted on by Dan Carcillo and Nick Leddy.
The battle for the Western Conference's Central Division is all square at 1-1 after the first period, thanks to a goal on a penalty shot from Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews. With the Detroit Red Wings up 1-0 late in the first, Toews drew a hooking call on Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom and converted the penalty shot on goalie Jimmy Howard.
The Red Wings jumped out to an early lead thanks to Justin Abdelkader, who netted his third goal of the season on assists from Drew Miller and Danny Cleary. They will start the period, though, fending off a Blackhawks' power play for 1:43, after Toews drew a second hooking penalty on Lindstrom.
Two of the NHL's best scoring teams meetup in the Blackhawks' final game of 2011.