Blackhawks 6, Red Wings 3
CHICAGO (AP) _ Wayne Presley scored three power-play goals Wednesday night to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
Presley had a goal in each period as he increased his scoring streak to four power-play goals in his last two games.
Chicago scored five power-play goals, a team record.
The Blackhawks took a 2-1 first-period lead on Presley’s first score and a goal by Doug Wilson.
Chicago increased its lead to 3-1 in the second period on Everett Sanipass’ goal at 1:46.
Detroit’s Bob Probert cut the Blackhawks’ margin by a goal when he took a pass from Rick Zombo and skated in on Chicago goalie Bob Mason.
Presley followed with a goal at 8:49 outside the crease. Then Chicago’s Steve Lamer put the game out of reach with another power-play goal before Presley added his final score.
Detroit’s final goal was scored by Brent Ashton.
Presley said he’s getting longer shifts on the ice and the extra time is paying off.
″I’m taking more shots now than ever before,″ he said. ″The puck is bound to find the net when you shoot more.″
Troy Murray, who picked up two assists, said it was a clash of two teams who do things right.
″They’ve got the best penalty-killing unit in the NHL, and we’ve got the best power-play unit,″ Murray said. ″Power play is confidence. Last year we didn’t have any, but this year we do. We’re more comfortable with the puck and we’re making things happen.″
Detroit Coach Jacques Demars suggested the Red Wings made an average team look better.
″Chicago is a good hockey club, but not a great one,″ he said. ″They toyed with us.″