Lankinen, Blackhawks defeat Red Wings for first win of season

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CHICAGOKevin Lankinen made 30 saves for his first NHL win, and the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at United Center on Friday for their first victory of the season.

Patrick Kane scored and had an assist, and Alex DeBrincat and Dylan Strome each had two assists for the Blackhawks (1-3-1), who went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.

Thomas Greiss made 24 saves for Detroit (2-3-0), which played 11 forwards and seven defensemen after forward Filip Zadina was placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Dylan Larkin skated through the right face-off circle and scored at 12:22 of the third period to end Lankinen’s shutout bid.

Kane scored a power-play goal off a rebound for a 1-0 lead at 13:22 of the first period.

Calvin de Haan extended the lead to 2-0 at 7:53 of the second period with a shot from the top of the left face-off circle. 

Kane sent a pass across the slot to Andrew Shaw, who made it 3-0 with a power play goal at 6:17 of the third period.

Mattias Janmark scored a shorthanded goal into an empty net at 17:06 for the 4-1 final. 

The teams play again here Sunday.

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