Updated: Sunday, Jan. 8 at 8:39 p.m.
The team officially announced Patrick Sharp wouldn’t return due to an upper body injury. NBCSN’s coverage guessed he got hacked a couple of times on the way to scoring the Hawks’ second goal. He had shifts after that, but didn’t come out after the first intermission.
He did some offensive damage 44 seconds after Dave Bolland’s power play goal, giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead 4:19 into the game with his 20th goal of the season.
The Wings’ only goal came on the power play, and the Hawks have stayed out of the penalty box since – though they couldn’t cash in on their two power play opportunities in the second (now 1 for 3 tonight).
Despite Sharp’s absence, the Hawks spent a good amount of time of the middle frame in Detroit’s zone, outshooting the Wings 11-6 in the process. The visitors did try a late push in the final two minutes, but the Hawks’ sticks and positioning have been about as good as you can ask for.
They’ll look to keep doing that and hope Corey Crawford does his part these next 20 to snap a three-game slide and improve the goalie to 6-2 lifetime against the Wings.
The Blackhawks got their zone time to start the second, but haven’t been able to add to their 2-1 lead despite another power play opportunity. They’d like some cushion as Patrick Sharp hasn’t come out of the dressing room for the second period as we await word on his injury and status.
They also were without Jamal Mayers for a few minutes.
Corey Crawford came up with a big stop on Todd Bertuzzi’s point-blank chance midway through the period, something they’ll need more of if they can’t tack on some offense here.