Chicago Blackhawks Shutout Detroit Red Wings in Exhibition Opener

Sep 17, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) for a victory against the Detroit Red Wings during the third period at the United Center. The Blackhawks beat the Red Wings 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks kicked off their exhibition season the same way they ended last May – with a victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

Patrick Sharp and Ben Smith scored and Corey Crawford made 19 saves as the Hawks shutout the Red Wings 2-0 Tuesday night at the United Center.

Sharp broke the scoreless tie at 16:37 in the second, he took a drop pass from Jeremy Morin and sent a wrist shot from the top of the right circle pass Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson. Smith redirected a Jimmy Hayes shot 1:09 later for a 2-0 lead.

Wings Teemu Pulkkinen and Mitch Callahan were ejected for boarding misconduct penalties, in the first and second period respectively. Hawks defenseman Michael Kostka who was on the receiving end of Pulkkinen’s boarding check in the first did not return.

The Hawks will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night in their second preseason game at 7:00 p.m. CT (CSN-CH/WGN 720).

The Penguins are 0-2 in their preseason having lost 5-4 in shootout to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sept. 15 and 4-1 to the Wings on Sept. 16.

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Topics: Chicago Blackhawks, Corey Crawford, NHL, Patrick Sharp

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