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.
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