Tomas Tatar, the Red Wings young forward, was hoping it would stand up.

Tatar scored early in the third period Sunday, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.

The goal sent Joe Louis Arena into hysteria, knowing the Blackhawks' 21-game point streak was in jeopardy.

"On the bench, I was hoping we could hold on to it," Tatar said of the narrow lead. "Unfortunately, we didn't."

Chicago forward Patrick Kane scored at 17:58 on the power play, tying the game. Kane then scored the lone shootout goal as Chicago extended its record of games with a point to begin a season to 22 games (19-0-3).

"We would have loved to have won this game," said Tatar, who scored his fourth goal. "It could have gone either way. It ended up lucky for them, and that's just the way it is. Obviously, they're (the Blackhawks) playing good hockey."

So is Tatar, as are his fellow Grand Rapids alumni such as forward Joakim Andersson (Tatar's linemate earned the lead assist on Tatar's goal) and defenseman Brian Lashoff (21 minutes, team-leading five blocked shots, three hits).

The three players have filled in admirably while the Red Wings have been inundated with injuries.

"This is what we've been trained for, we didn't want to come here and just be part of the team and stand (around)," Tatar said. "We wanted to do something, too. If we got a chance to play, we wanted to show that we can (play)."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130304/SPORTS0103/303040324#ixzz2MaUR0oRk