Mrazek, Red Wings stifle Blackhawks
Chicago — The Red Wings don’t get to see the Chicago Blackhawks much in the NHL schedule matrix.
The Blackhawks certainly don’t look like the three-time Stanley Cup champions they used to be.
The Red Wings dominated Sunday afternoon, soundly defeating Chicago 4-0 at a mostly quiet United Center.
Dylan Larkin, Mike Green, Anthony Mantha and Tyler Bertuzzi (his first NHL goal) scored, while Petr Mrazek stopped 27 shots for his second shutout, as the Red Wings (18-18-7) rebounded from a loss in Pittsburgh 24 hours earlier.
The Blackhawks (22-17-6) are heading into a bye week and looked as if their minds were already on the beach — and the Red Wings gladly took advantage.
Larkin opened the scoring, taking a centering pass from Andreas Athanasiou and beating goalie Jeff Glass for his seventh goal at 4:08 of the first period.
BOX SCORE: Red Wings 4, Blackhawks 0
Then, just 2:10 later, the Red Wings entered the zone on another rush and Mantha found Green trailing. Green snapped a shot from above the hashmarks for his fifth goal at 6:10.
Mantha ended any suspense with his team-leading 15th goal at 5:46 of the third period.
Henrik Zetterberg carried the puck into the zone, controlled it against a pair of defensemen, and left it for a trailing Mantha, who snapped a shot over Glass’ shoulder to make it 3-0.
Bertuzzi scored his first NHL goal, batting a rebound past Glass at 13:37 of the third period.
Neither power play distinguished itself, the Red Wings going 0-for-4 while Chicago was 0-for-3, but it didn’t matter as much for the Red Wings, who dominated at even strength.
With Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm out with lower body injuries suffered in Saturday’s loss, the Red Wings recalled Dominic Turgeon from Grand Rapids.
Turgeon missed a little time in the first period after injuring his hand blocking a shot by Chicago’s Connor Murphy, but returned for the start of the next period.