DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi and Robby Fabbri scored to give the Detroit Red Wings a two-goal lead and they held on to beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Friday night.
“We have to take steps forward as individuals and as a team,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “Let’s do it now.”
Jonathan Bernier stopped 32 shots for the Red Wings, who have an NHL-low 37 points and trail the rest of the league by 20-plus points.
“He was definitely a big difference out there, but we didn’t get any luck,” Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith said. “It seemed like he could see everything, even when I was shooting from the point, and he even got in front of the shots we tipped.”
Kane’s one-timer was his 31st goal this season and it cut Chicago’s deficit to a goal.
The Blackhawks had a power play midway through the third period and did not take advantage of the opportunity. They pulled Crawford late in the game to put an extra skater on the ice and could not pull into a tie to force overtime.
Chicago’s Connor Murphy gingerly skated off the ice with 12 seconds left. The defenseman appeared to hurt his right leg, which took the brunt of the impact against the right post when he raced back to stop the puck from going into the empty net.
Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton said Murphy seemed to be OK.
“Our guys are battling until the end, no question,” he said.
NOTES: Chicago scratched D Lucas Carlsson (concussion) and D Adam Boqvist (right wrist) were scratched from the lineup. … Blackhawks forward Zack Smith had back surgery and needs three to four months to recover. … Bertuzzi has 19 goals, two away from matching his career high from last year. … Detroit D Gustav Lindstrom had an assist for his first NHL point in his 14th game this season. … Actors Jeff Daniels and Dave Coulier, both Red Wings fans, announced Detroit’s starting lineup before the game in the team’s dressing room. “I loved `Dumb and Dumber’ so it was great,” Bertuzzi said.