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Published: Saturday, 12/31/2011

Blackhawks extend lead over Red Wings

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Detroit Red Wings Dan Cleary, right, has his shot blocked by the Chicago Blackhwks goalie Corey Crawford, left, in the third period as the Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in an NHL hockey game in Chicago on Friday. Detroit Red Wings Dan Cleary, right, has his shot blocked by the Chicago Blackhwks goalie Corey Crawford, left, in the third period as the Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 3-2 in an NHL hockey game in Chicago on Friday.
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CHICAGO -- Brent Seabrook scored a goal to break a tie early in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night.

Seabrook scored the game-winner 1:52 into the third when he fired from the blue line and overpowered Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard with a rising shot that sailed over his glove.

Marian Hossa scored and Jonathan Toews connected on a penalty shot for Chicago, which improved to 10-2-1 in its last 13 before a season-high crowd of 22,166 at the United Center.

Justin Abdelkader and Todd Bertuzzi had goals for the Red Wings.

The win gave Chicago 52 points. The Blackhawks, in first place in the Central Division, opened a five-point lead over second-place Detroit.

Toews scored on the first penalty shot attempt by a Blackhawks player this season, and the second of his career. He was stopped on his first career penalty shot in March, 2009, against Edmonton.

Chicago's Corey Crawford made 26 saves. Howard stopped 25 shots.

The Blackhawks and Red Wings met for the first time in 2011-12, marking the latest the "Original Six" rivals had faced each other for the first time in a season since 1928-29.

Hossa has points in nine of his last 10 games and has six goals and nine assists during the stretch.

Abdelkader opened the scoring 9:48 in when he plowed to the net and popped in a loose puck before Crawford could cover it.

Drew Miller's shot hit Blackhawks defenseman Sean O'Donnell, then fell at the edge of the crease to set up the goal.

Toews tied it at 1 on his penalty shot with 5:28 left in period. He skated straight in, delayed, then fired a shot under Howard's right pad.

Bertuzzi was credited with a goal at 5:25 of the second to put Detroit ahead 2-1.

Mike Commodore ripped a slap shot into traffic from the blue line, and it glanced in off Bertuzzi.



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