DETROIT -- For the second straight game, a Brandon stole the show.
Brandon Pirri, a 2009 draft pick, lit it up on Sunday, scoring twice in regulation and once more in the shootout in the Chicago Blackhawks' 4-3 shootout loss to the Detroit Red Wings. On Friday, hot-shot prospect Brandon Saad scored the game-winner against the Washington Capitals.
“Heck of a game,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I thought [Pirri] was effective all night long. He made a nice play on his goals and the shootout as well.”
Quenneville indicated the 20-year-old Pirri isn’t necessarily on the cusp of playing in the NHL, but he’s one of those guys the Hawks might have to count on at the center position if there are injuries. He was recalled from Rockford for one game last season.
“You’re showing the coaches how you can play,” Pirri said. “Every game you can’t score a goal, but when you do, you want to make an impact on the general manager and the coach’s minds.”
Goalie battle: Alexander Salak said he enjoyed getting to play a full game, and though he was burned in the shootout and suffered the loss, he played admirably. It might have been his last chance to impress Hawks’ brass.
“I’m happy,” Salak said after the game. “I gave my best every time. That’s all I can do. I’m happy about my performance.”
Quenneville praised Salak and indicated Ray Emery would get a full game on Friday when the Hawks host the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Hawks coach didn’t indicate when a backup would be chosen. Corey Crawford will start in net Wednesday against the Red Wings.
Kruger’s spot: Marcus Kruger is fighting for a roster spot and has had a quiet camp. Quenneville wasn’t critical, but didn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement either.
“[He] played better as the game went along,” Quenneville said. “[He’s] played OK this camp. Strength and quickness [he has] to improve on.”