DETROIT — The Chicago Blackhawks proved to be the perfect tonic Thursday for the Red Wings.
A night after another disappointing loss in New York, the Red Wings returned home and defeated the Blackhawks, 5-1.
J.T. Compher had two goals (power play, short-handed) as did Robby Fabbri (one a power play), while Ben Chiarot had the other goal, and goaltender Alex Lyon made 34 saves, pacing the victory. Lucas Raymond and Jake Walman each had two assists.
The Wings (12-7-3) have won four of their last five. Still without captain Dylan Larkin (unspecified), who missed his second consecutive game, and without newly-signed free agent Patrick Kane (who could be ready to play within the next week, or two at the most), the Wings continued to maximize the scoring depth in their lineup, this time Compher continuing his recent offensive surge.
Though the Wings are playing well, the crowd at Little Caesars Arena came to see rookie sensation Connor Bedard of the Blackhawks and Bedard had his moments.
Bedard has 10 goals and eight assists in 21 games, nearly a point per game average for an 18-year-old in the NHL for a Chicago team that is struggling (7-14) and near the NHL cellar, as expected.
But Bedard is doing all he can.
"He's shown that he's an outstanding hockey player," said defenseman Moritz Seider, himself a Calder Trophy (NHL rookie of the year) winner two seasons ago. "I definitely (wasn't) in his shoes (as a rookie). He has a lot more media on him all the time and it's not easy. He's only 18 (years old). But so far he's living up (to expectations)."
Bedard set up Lukas Reichel for Chicago's first goal, extending Bedard's road point streak to seven games. But Bedard was frustrated by the Wings most of the game, and at one point after a failed Chicago second-period power play, Bedard smashed his stick along the boards.
Unlike 24 hours earlier, there was no frustration on the Wings side. They jumped on a young, mistake-prone team early and took advantage of any Chicago turnovers.
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