"He didn't get tested much," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said of Crawford. "But we got him a full game and he looked like he was tracking the puck well."
Jonas Gustavsson stopped 21 of 23 shots for the Red Wings. Jared Coreau relieved Gustavsson at the start of the third period and made 11 saves.
Sharp broke a scoreless tie at 16:37 of the second when he took a pass from Jeremy Morin and snapped a shot past Gustavsson. Smith scored 1:09 later.
"You play your first game of the year and suddenly you've got nine forwards there and they're out of gas fast," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "I didn't think we had much of a push there tonight to tell you the truth. I thought we killed penalties good. Other than that, though, they were better than we were. They had the puck more. But it's a good evaluation. We had a lot of kids in the lineup here tonight."