The Hawks grabbed the momentum in the opening shift of the game and never gave it back over the first 20 minutes. They scored three goals on their first eight shots before Wings’ coach Mike Babcock called timeout to settle things down.
The opening seconds with Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Sharp set the tone. A hardworking shift in the corner to the right of goalie Jimmy Howard led to a goal 27 seconds into the game when Brent Seabrook pinched from the point for his eighth of the year. Sharp and Hossa had the assists but Toews did most of the hard work.
A few minutes later, Ben Smith scored his first career goal when Patrick Kane poke-checked a puck away from a Wings’ player in the Detroit zone. Smith grabbed it in the slot and scored top shelf on Howard. Two and a half minutes later, Brian Campbell was fed a puck out of the corner by Michael Frolik and skated around Howard for an easy goal and the 3-0 lead.
The Hawks dominated the first period.