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DETROIT — Brandon Saad had two goals and an assist and Dave Bolland scored twice in the Chicago Blackhawks 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings today.
Jonathan Toews added a goal and two assists and Jeremy Morin and Nick Leddy, also scored for Chicago. Cory Crawford made 33 saves.
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Cory Emmerton scored Detroit's goal. Jimmy Howard was pulled in favor of Jonas Gustavsson early in the second period. Gustavsson made nine saves.
Chicago led 3-0 at the end of the first period after scoring on its first three shots in a 1:39 span in the game's first four-and-a-half minutes.
Morin, who was recalled from the minor leagues on Saturday, opened the scoring when he put one in from a goal-mouth scramble at 2:33. Saad capitalized on a breakaway off left wing to beat Howard, for his fifth goal of the season, 48 seconds later and Bolland was credited with his first goal of the game, at 4:12, when Detroit defenseman Jakub Kindl accidentally flipped the puck into his own net while trying to clear it from the crease.
The Red Wings didn't manage a shot until 7:15 into the game and Detroit defenseman Brian Lashoff hit the goal post with a little under two minutes left in the opening period.
Toews and Saad scored eight seconds apart early in the second period for a 5-0 lead.
Toews got his 17 goal, at 3:52. That sent Howard to the showers and Saad collected his sixth goal of the season at 4:00, on the first shot on Gustavsson.
Bolland's second goal of the game and seventh of the season came 7:55 into the third. Leddy got his sixth goal, with 3:39 left. Emmerton thwarted Crawford's shutout bid with 33 seconds left.
NOTES: Today was Gordie Howe's 85th birthday. The Red Wings wore jerseys with Howe's retired No. 9 during warmups. He was on hand at Joe Louis Arena signing autographs, and fans could sign a birthday card for Howe. Former Red Wings' D Nicklas Lidstrom, who won seven Norris Trophies, was in from Sweden for the occasion. Also on hand were Red Wings Hall of Famers Ted Lindsay and Alex Delvecchio . Detroit C and captain Henrik Zetterberg didn't play because of a lower-body injury after skating in warmups. He is day-to-day. . Chicago Fs Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa were both on the injured list with lower-body injuries. . Red Wings' F Mikael Samuelsson returned after missing 19 games with a broken finger. . Detroit F Johan Franzen played after leaving the Red Wings’ previous game (a 2-0 loss in San Jose on Thursday night) after the second period with a lower-body injury.