The Blackhawks looked way out of sorts with Marian Hossa missing from the lineup.

With the veteran winger back, they more resembled the team that stormed to the Stanley Cup last season.

Hossa returned after a five-game absence with an upper-body injury to help the Hawks break out of the doldrums with a 4-1 victory over the Red Wings on Sunday night at the United Center. The win snapped a two-game skid for the Hawks and they remained one point behind the second-place Avalanche in the Central Division.

"It took me a little bit to get into it," said Hossa, who had a goal and two assists in his first game since March 1. "Missing five games, you feel it. As the game went on, I felt more comfortable."

In addition to Hossa's exploits, Ben Smith added a goal and an assist, Nick Leddy and Jonathan Toews scored and Duncan Keith had two assists to stake goaltender Corey Crawford to a lead he didn't relinquish.

Crawford made 19 saves, allowing only a power-play goal by Gustav Nyquist that caromed off the skate of Hawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

The only downside of the night for the Hawks was when winger Brandon Saad left the game in the second with an upper-body injury. Coach Joel Quenneville said Saad "seemed all right. I don't think it's too serious."

The injury-riddled Wings were without 10 regulars, including Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.

"I liked our game," Quenneville said. "We played the right way, way stronger and way more intensity in the puck areas and found a way to come up with way more loose pucks than we had in the prior two games."