The Blackhawks took a complete list of prospects and young players in Detroit and fell to the Red Wings 6-3 Sunday at Joe Louis Arena.
"We chipped away, we returned to the hockey game, but probably did not deserve to be in this game," said Joel Quenneville coach.
The Red Wings opened a three-goal lead in the first period on Hawks guard Ivan Nalimov behind goals from Luke Glendening, Martin Frk and Danny DeKeyser.
The Hawks found some offense of their own, however. Alexandre Fortin had a smooth movement on a breakaway to score on Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek 15 minutes, 25 seconds of the first period, while Dennis Rasmussen put in a backhand behind the back to 9:17 of the second period.
"It never ceases to intrigue us as we go along here," Quenneville said Fortin.
The Red Wings then extended their lead to 5-2 on goals by Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha after Lars Johansson took over in net for the Hawks midway through the second period. Then Brandon Mashinter scored on a breakaway for the Hawks at 2:20 of the third period to make it 5-3. The Red Wings added an empty-net goal Andreas Athanasiou at 17:27 of the third.
The Hawks will face the Red Wings again on Tuesday at the United Center.