The Chicago Blackhawks have fit the definition of inconsistency throughout the season. Long winning streaks have been followed by lethargic play and extended losing streaks. However, when Chicago is playing at its best, it has the ability to defeat any team in the NHL. This talent has been on display during the first two periods in Detroit, as the Blackhawks hold a 2-1 lead over the Red Wings heading into the final period.
An entertaining first period featured two goals in the first 10 minutes, with the Blackhawks taking an early lead. Chicago took advantage of a Power Play opportunity, with Patrick Sharp netting his 25th goal of the season . However, the Red Wings responded just minutes later courtesy of a goal from Niklas Kronwall.
Despite a handful of opportunities, neither team found the back of the net until late in the second period. Patrick Kane ultimately gave the Blackhawks the lead, as he netted his 16th goal of the season on an assist from Patrick Sharp.