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Kopecky Helps Injury Depleted Blackhawks End Skid
CHICAGO (AP) -- Tomas Kopecky scored two goals and the injury depleted Chicago Blackhawks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Friday night to end a three game losing streak.

Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell also connected for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who improved to 9-9-0 at home. The Blackhawks already have one more regulation home loss than all of last season, when they were 29-8-4 at the United Center.

Chicago rookie Corey Crawford made 29 saves in his eighth start in the last 10 games.

He needed to make several timely stops, but the Blackhawks, who again played without star forwards Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa, provided solid defensive support for most of the game.

Patrick Eaves scored for the Red Wings, who lead the Western Conference with 43 points.

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