By Chris Kuc
Reports of the death of the rivalry between the Blackhawks and Red Wings were greatly exaggerated.
The teams hooked up for another entertaining hockey game — something the Original Six franchises have been doing since 1926 — when they took the ice Wednesday night at Joe Louis Arena.
NHL realignment sent the Wings to the Eastern Conference — meaning only two matchups per regular season — but the lack of meetings didn’t diminish the festivities in the first battle of the 2013-14 campaign.
Darren Helm scored the game-winner in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Wings a thrilling 5-4 victory over the Hawks in the latest chapter of the rivalry.
Tomas Tatar, Patrick Eaves, Gustav Nyquist and Kyle Quincey had goals for the Wings in regulation while Henrik Zetterberg added three assists and Justin Abdelkader two to provide the offense for goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.
Marian Hossa, Andrew Shaw, Patrick Sharp and Marcus Kruger scored for the Hawks and Patrick Kane had two assists but Corey Crawford suffered the loss in goal.