By Jeff O'Brien

Dominik Kubalik scored his second goal of the game 4:43 into overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Monday night.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 15: Malcolm Subban #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates a 3-2 overtime win against the Detroit Red Wings with teammates at Little Caesars Arena on February 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“It wasn’t our best, but we still found a way to win it and that’s huge,” Kubalik said.

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Kubalik and Mattias Janmark gave the Blackhawks a two-goal lead in the first period that they slowly lost before stepping up in the extra session. Kubalik slipped a shot between Thomas Greiss’ pads, finishing a 2-on-1 rush with Pius Suter late in overtime.

“It’s not one we’re going to frame,” Chicago coach Jeremy Colliton said. “But we did get two points and they can’t take them from us.”

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 15: Dominik Kubalik #8 of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his first-period goal with Brandon Hagel #38 against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on February 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The surprising Blackhawks won for the fifth time in six games in the opener of a six-game trip. Malcolm Subban finished with 27 stops in his fourth start of the season.

“I didn’t have to make any really big saves,” Subban said.

Detroit’s Vladislav Namestnikov scored with 14.1 seconds left in the opening period. After a scoreless second, Christian Djoos pulled the Red Wings into a tie early in the third.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 15: Vladislav Namestnikov #92 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates his first period gaol with teammates while playing the Chicago Blackhawks at Little Caesars Arena on February 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

“It’s nice to get a point, but we have to find a way to score more goals and get two points,” Detroit captain Dylan Larkin said.

Greiss made 21 saves for the Red Wings, who failed to follow up a win with another victory for the fourth time this season.

“I think we’ve been a better team lately,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said. “We’ve adjusted some minutes to spread things out and be more of a four-line team.”

The Blackhawks started strong, scoring on their first and fifth shots. Carl Soderberg’s no-look pass behind him set up Janmark 4:19 into the game. Namestnikov turned the puck over and Brandon Hagel took advantage, setting up Kubalik’s goal with 3:51 remaining in the first.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 15: Malcolm Subban #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a second period save behind Bobby Ryan #54 of the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on February 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Namestnikov made up for his giveaway by scoring in the final seconds of the opening period. Subban appeared to be distracted by traffic in front of the net when Djoos scored from the inside of the left circle 5:49 into the third for his first goal in his 13th game with the team.

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“I thought it gave us a big boost, but we weren’t able to get the win,” Djoos said.

ON THE MOVE

Chicago put center forward Lucas Wallmark on the active roster 90 minutes before the game. He was taken off the COVID-19 protocol list last week.

COLD BEER

The Red Wings opened some concession stands for the first time this season, allowing about 200 people attending the game to buy food and drink. Family members and friends of players, coaches, and staff are primarily the fans in the stands.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 15: Adam Erne #73 of the Detroit Red Wings takes a shot next to Pius Suter #24 of the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period at Little Caesars Arena on February 15, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

STEPPING UP

Janmark got his sixth goal, matching his scoring from each of the previous two seasons in Dallas. He scored 34 goals over his first two seasons with the Stars before cooling off with a total of 12 goals the next two years.

“I’m trying to get back to my old way of playing where I have the puck more and I’m skating more and that’s been working,” Janmark said.

UP NEXT

The teams play again Wednesday night in their fourth of eight games in the NHL’s pandemic-shortened, division-only regular season. Chicago is 3-0 in the season series against Detroit.

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