It was old home night for Detroit Red Wings forward Dominik Kubalik. He would be making sure the home team went home winners.
Playing his old club the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena for the first time, Kubalik snapped a 3-3 tie at 15:53 of the third period, giving the Wings a 4-3 victory. The win ended an 0-5-1 skid for Detroit. As well, the Wings were halting an 0-2-1 run against Chicago.
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Detroit fought back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits for the victory.
Lucas Raymond tipped in a Robert Hagg point shot at 12:35 of the third period to send the game to overtime. It was his 16th goal of the season, but Raymond’s first goal in 11 games. His account was showing a solitary assist over the previous 10 games.
Red Wings Facing Early Deficit
An early-seaon habit of falling behind by multiple goals resurfaced for the Red Wings in the first period. Chicago was grabbing a 2-0 first-period lead on a pair of goals by Taylor Raddysh. Former Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou was drawing an assist on the first goal during a Chicago power play.
This was Athanasiou’s first appearance at Little Caesars Arena as a visiting player. In his previous game for the Red Wings, he was scoring a pair of goals for Detroit against the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 18, 2020.
The Red Wings were bouncing back strongly in the second period. Defenseman Jake Walman got Detroit on the board just 2:53 into the frame. Snapping a wrist shot from the point, the puck would deflect off the stick of Chicago forward Anders Bjork and ramp up over the shoulder of Blackhawks goalie Alex Stalock.
In the first period, Stalock foiled Detroit captain Dylan Larkin on a penalty shot. The free shot was awarded after Chicago defenseman Caleb Jones handled the puck in the goal crease.
Larkin got his revenge in the second period, coverting an Alex Chiasson cross-crease feed during a Detroit power play to make it 2-2. In his third game with the Red Wings.
Chicago’s Jujhar Khaira beat Joe Veleno at the faceoff dot and Joey Anderson whipped a shot pas Detroit goalie Ville Husso that banked in off the far post, giving Chicago the lead again 6:10 into the third period.
Detroit forward Robby Fabbri left the game in the first period with a lower-body injury. He appeared to hurt his left leg in a collision with Chicago’s Tyler Johnson.