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The banged-up Red Wings played without 10 injured players, including stars Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Forward Todd Bertuzzi joined the list Sunday, sitting out after suffering a lower-body injury Friday against Edmonton.

“Once the game got to 3-1, it’s not as good a spot for our team,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “We don’t have enough goals in our lineup to play like that. We were set up (at 2-1) and we let it slip away.”

The Blackhawks faced Detroit for the second time since beating them in overtime in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series last year to complete a comeback from a 3-1 deficit. The Red Wings defeated Chicago 5-4 in a shootout on Jan. 22 at Joe Louis Arena.

The Blackhawks and Red Wings were division rivals for the past 31 years until Detroit moved from the Western to Eastern Conference this season. The Original Six teams were grouped together in the Central Division for the previous 19 seasons and in the Norris Division for 12 years before that.

The Blackhawks outshot the Red Wings 11-5 in the scoreless first, but neither team generated sustained pressure or many prime scoring chances.

The Blackhawks turned up the pressure early in the second and outshot Detroit 14-7 in the period.

Leddy’s power-play goal, on Chicago’s 19th shot, finally opened the scoring at 8:44 of the second.

Nyquist tied it at 1 with 4:50 left in the period with a power-play goal that deflected in off the skate of Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Smith put Chicago back in front 2-1 on a rebound with 14 seconds left in the period.

Hossa then helped Chicago put the game away in the third.

NOTES: Chicago F Brandon Saad didn’t return for the third period after playing a total of 11 shifts. Quenneville said he had an upper-body injury and is day-to-day. … Detroit RW Jordin Tootoo, recalled from Grand Rapids of the AHL on Saturday, filled in for Bertuzzi. … Red Wings D Jakub Kindl was a healthy scratch. … Before the game, Quenneville hinted that C Teuvo Teravainen, one of the Blackhawks’ top prospects, might join the team soon. Teravainen’s team in Finland, Jokerit, was eliminated from the playoffs Sunday. That paves the way for the 19-year-old forward, drafted in the first round by Chicago in 2012 (18th overall), to sign an NHL contract.