Kevin Lankinen-led Blackhawks blank Red Wings

Philipp Kurashev scored a highlight-reel goal and goaltender Kevin Lankinen posted his first NHL shutout as the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the host Detroit Red Wings 2-0 Wednesday night in a nationally televised Original Six matchup.Alex DeBrincat, a native of the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, added an empty-net goal with 57.5 seconds remaining as the Blackhawks swept the two-game series and improved to 7-1-1 in their past nine games. Chicago won the series opener 3-2 Monday night in overtime.Lankinen, a 25-year-old rookie from Finland, made 29 saves to improve to 7-2-3 in 12 starts this season.Kurashev scored on the power play at 12:03 of the second period.After Lankiken settled the puck, Duncan Keith skated it out of the Blackhawks’ end and passed to Kurashev at center ice. Kurashev, a 21-year-old rookie who was a fourth-round pick in 2018, drove past teammate Dominik Kubalik at the Detroit blue and then faced three defenders in his path.Kurashev veered slightly to his right and split Detroit’s Jon Merrill and Troy Stecher on his way to the net. Kurashev faked going to his backhand before he drew the puck back to his forehand and slipped it between the pads of Red Wings goalie Jonathan Bernier.

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