"We had our chances and the puck just didn't go in for us on the power play," Howard said. "It's a frustrating loss. I thought we deserved to win today, but it's funny how this game works sometimes."
Added Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, "I thought they out-skated us, but then we really dug in and got playing well, and had every opportunity to win the game. I would like our power play to score, for sure. I thought it was slow and not confident. I thought their penalty killing was really good, but we definitely have to be better on the power play."
NOTES: Coming into Sunday's game, Chicago had been held scoreless in just one of its first 15 periods (Jan. 24 at Dallas, first period). With two scoreless periods Sunday, the Hawks have been shut out from scoring in just three of their last 19 periods now. ... Detroit was 0-4-2 against Chicago last season. ... Even with the loss, Detroit still has a commanding lead in the all-time series against Chicago with a 363-265-84-10 record. ... With the start of their six-game road trip on Wednesday at Minnesota, the Blackhawks don't return to their United Center home until Feb. 12 when they face Anaheim. That game starts a seven-game homestand, their longest of the season, and 10 of 12 at the United Center. ... Sunday marked the 58th anniversary of a rather dubious mark set by Detroit's Hall of Famer Gordie Howe, who took a record 19 shots on goal -- yet failed to score even once. ... Detroit returns home for seven of its next nine games, starting with Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars. During that stretch, the Red Wings will also play St. Louis, at Columbus, Calgary, at St. Louis, Edmonton, Los Angeles, St. Louis and Anaheim.