Chicago at Detroit

Blackhawks center Lang scores winner against former team Red Wings


DETROIT -- Robert Lang's first trip back to Detroit with the Chicago Blackhawks was a smashing success.

He scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period against his former team, helping the Chicago Blackhawks rally for a 3-2 victory over Detroit on Friday.

Brent Seabrook had a goal and an assist, and Patrick Sharp also scored for Chicago, which trailed 2-0 after the first period. Lang also had an assist, and Nikolai Khabibulin made 32 saves.

Lang signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent during the summer after playing with the Red Wings for three seasons.

"It was just fun," Lang said of his first trip to Joe Louis Arena.

He converted a power-play chance 9:19 into the third. His one-time slap shot from the top of the left circle bounced in off Hasek's shoulder and gave Chicago a 3-2 lead.

"Just got off a good shot," Lang said. "Went in off his shoulder, got one by Dom."

It was the second time in less than a week that he has scored a big goal against his old team. He tied the game late in the third period last Saturday in a 4-3 shootout win over the Red Wings in Chicago.

Lang and Detroit coach Mike Babcock were never comfortable with one another.

"He's got a lot of ability," Babcock said. "There's never been any question about that."

Lang, whose two goals and assist this season have all come against the Red Wings, also didn't dwell on the relationship.

"A lot of good memories," he said. "I can't say anything bad."

Henrik Zetterberg and Kris Draper scored for Detroit, which lost in regulation for the first time this season. Dominik Hasek stopped 26 shots.

"I think we started good and had a good first 15 minutes," Zetterberg said. "... But then we stopped."

The Blackhawks scored twice within 1:01 late in the second period to tie it at 2.

Sharp put in a loose puck from a goal-mouth scramble for a power-play goal with 2:27 left in the second, and Seabrook beat Hasek with a screened wrist shot from the point with 1:26 remaining in the period.

Chicago had gone 10 power-play chances without a goal in its first three games, but was 2-for-8 on Friday night.

"The power play's coming. We're shooting a lot," Blackhawks coach Denis Savard said. "We had a lot of chances and came through tonight."

Two fortunate bounces gave Detroit a 2-0 lead in the first period.

Zetterberg's attempted pass across the crease deflected in off the skate of Chicago defenseman Brent Sopel 7:26 into the opening period. Draper's shot from the high slot area trickled through Khabibulin and the Blackhawks goaltender knocked the puck into the net himself as he tried to grab it off the goal line.

"After the first period, we started playing well," Lang said.


  • Sopel went to Detroit's training camp as a free agent invitee and played in most of the exhibition games before signing with Chicago.
  • The Red Wings wore their usual road white jerseys, and the Blackhawks were in their usual home red jerseys.
  • Zetterberg has at least a point in all five of Detroit's games.
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Patrick Sharp finishes off a goal-mouth scramble to celebrate his first goal of the season. (Getty Images)
Patrick Sharp finishes off a goal-mouth scramble to celebrate his first goal of the season. (Getty Images)
Chicago  (2-2-0) «0213
Detroit (3-1-1)2002
Three Stars
R. Lang

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
B. Seabrook

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
H. Zetterberg

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
07:26Henrik Zetterberg (3), Snap Shot. Assist: Tomas Holmstrom, Andreas Lilja
09:05Kris Draper (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Tomas Kopecky
17:33Power Play - Patrick Sharp (1), Tip-In. Assist: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews
18:34Brent Seabrook (1), Snap Shot. Assist: Robert Lang
09:19Power Play - Robert Lang (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Andrei Zyuzin, Brent Seabrook
Penalty Summary
03:45Kronwall, 2 min, Interference
10:08Lang, 2 min, Hooking
13:11Holmstrom, 2 min, Interference
17:25Hasek, 2 min, Tripping
19:47Burish, 5 min, Fighting
19:47Drake, 5 min, Fighting
03:36Zyuzin, 2 min, Holding
08:08Lebda, 2 min, Tripping
09:33Lilja, 2 min, Interference
15:10Zyuzin, 2 min, Hooking
17:03Hudler, 2 min, Holding the stick
02:20Chelios, 2 min, Holding
07:24Lilja, 2 min, Slashing
09:41Lapointe, 2 min, Delaying Game
19:49Perreault, 2 min, Holding the stick
Nikolai Khabibulin60:00342
Dominik Hasek59:08263
Game Information
Attendance - 17696
Referees - Chris Lee, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Derek Nansen, Pierre Racicot
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