By the looks on the faces of Detroit Red Wings fans, you would think the Easter Bunny completely forgot them. Actually, the Chicago Blackhawks stole their Easter joy by beating the Red Wings 7-1 on Sunday afternoon.
The first three goals came within the first five minutes of the game. Jeremy Morin, called up from Rockford on Saturday to fill in on the bottom six, opened the scoring with his first goal of the season. And thanks to Jakub Kindl’s nifty own-goal, Dave Bolland was credited with his sixth goal of the season and his first goal since February 15. He did score a goal of his own in the third period.
Brandon Saad scored two goals of his own, one right after Morin’s goal and the other eight seconds after Jonathan Toews’ goal in the second period. He also had an assist on Toews’ goal. He’s now at 19 points after having stellar months in February and March and has begun to make his case for possible Calder Trophy contention.
The biggest surprise of the game came from Pavel Datsyuk, who was probably frustrated by the game. He delivered a late hit on Toews, but no penalty was given, even when Toews protested. Instead, Toews received a delay of game penalty for sending the puck over the glass.
In a futile attempt to rally their team, Red Wings fans attempted to drown out the chants and cheers of Blackhawks fans. First, they booed their cheers, then they tried to shout over them with chants of their own. It may have seemed for naught, but it was just another day in the continuing saga of their teams’ storied rivalry.