Found May 19, 2013 on Hockey Fan Land:
 It is commonly said that regular season success doesn't always translate to success in the postseason in the NHL.  The Detroit Red Wings proved that with a 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals. It was the first time that the Blackhawks had lost to the Red Wings in regulation since April 10, 2011.  Since then, the Blackhawks had gone 9-0-2 against the Red Wings, including their Game 1 victory.  Game 2 was almost the polar opposite of the previous game.  "I think we didn't play well in Game 1," Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "I think we had a long series [against the Anaheim Ducks in the first round] and it was a little wake-up call that we were in another series, so we wanted to play better today and I think we did."  The wake up appeared to come after Patrick Kane put the Blackhawks up in the first after a defensive breakdown.  The Wings played much better in the first period, despite trailing ...

Babcock enjoying Red Wings' playoff ride

DETROIT -- You might not be able to tell by the expression on his face when he's on the bench, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is actually enjoying himself immensely. Babcock has coached better teams. The 2008 Stanley Cup champions and the Canadian Olympic team that won gold in 2010 come to mind first. Still, there's something about his 2013 Red Wings team. "It&...

Jonathan Toews Named Messier Award Finalist

On Monday morning, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews was named one of three finalists for the 2013 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award, given to “the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the … Continue reading →The post Jonathan Toews Named Messier Award Finalist appeared first on Committed Indians.

Blackhawks practice without D Keith, F Handzus

Chicago defenseman Duncan Keith and forward Michal Handzus missed practice Friday, though coach Joel Quenneville said both players are fine and will play in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series against Detroit on Saturday. Handzus also missed two practices before Wednesday night's series opener, but the 6-foot-4 center managed to play 17 minutes in the 4-1 victory over...

Detroit Red Wings | Wings “Rebuilding On The Fly” To Adapt In Today’s NHL

May 18, 2013 DETROIT, Michigan --- Gone are the days of dynasties. Gone are the days of luring high profile free agents to join your club or team. This, is the new NHL. The Detroit Red Wings have gone through more change this season than this generation of Wings fans has ever seen. With the retirement of defenseman Nick Lidstrom last summer, the final piece from the dynasty...

Devellano tells it like he sees it

Jimmy Devellano is considered to be the architect of modern-day Detroit Red Wings hockey. Over the span of 31 years, Devellano, now the Red Wings senior vice president, has created a culture of winning and excellence that's unrivaled in the city's professional sports history. Never one to shy away from giving his opinion, Devellano acknowledges that Chicago built its team...

Red Wings prospect news: Jarnkrok wins gold with Sweden; Frk’s Mooseheads stumble at Memorial Cup

Team Sweden captured the World Championship today, defeating Switzerland 5-2, and while Niklas Kronwall's definitely proud of his brother Staffan (who captained the team) having won the first Swedish gold on home ice since 2006, and Damien Brunner's probably paying some lost bets this evening... One Wings prospect did take part in the Worlds, and he shared a gold-filled...

Red Wings prospect news: Griffins don’t clinch; Frk at Mem Cup; Jarnkrok, Sweden to Worlds final

Of Red Wings prospect-related note this evening: The Grand Rapids Griffins will have to head back to Toronto for the last third of their 2-3-2-format series with the Toronto Marlies after dropping a 4-1 decision to Toronto on Saturday night. The Griffins lead the second round series 3 games to 2, and Games 6 and 7 take place and may take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Griffins...

Young Red Wings have evened series with Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings have gotten much younger than they used to be. And now, as the Chicago Blackhawks are finding out, Detroit is a much better team than it was during the lockout-delayed regular season thanks to its improved cast of inexperienced players. Red Wings rookie Brendan Smith netted game-winning goal in Saturday's series-evening, 4-1 win at Chicago. First-year...

GDT - WCSF Game 3: Red Wings (1-1) host Hawks (1-1) 7:30

Who are these guys?  After getting skated into the ground and taken to the woodshed in game 1, DET pawned CHI in game 2.  The Wings were so damn good, the 'Hawks Captain, having no excuses for his teams ineptitude, accused them of cheating:  “I’m not going to go off and complain about some calls that I thought should have been called or whatever,” Toews said, before...

Red Wings beat 'Hawks, even series

CHICAGO (AP) -- Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Saturday in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series. It was a strong response by the Red Wings after Chicago handled them easily in the series opener, 4-1. Just as the Blackhawks did in Game 1, Detroit took control in the second...

Blackhawks-Red Wings Preview

The Detroit Red Wings got much younger this year, rebuilding with rookies and prospects pushed onto the ice. For much of the lockout-delayed season, it didn't look good for them. The storied franchise used to chase Stanley Cup titles with key players in their late 30s and 40s such as Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Larry Murphy. Not anymore....

The Twenty-Cent Opera And Not-So-Secret Biases

Jonathan Toews is a broken little boy.  The past couple of days he has gone to bed muttering to hiimself, when not biting his pillow, and waking up needing to change his sheets.  He is haunted by his personal boogeyman, Henrik Zetterberg, whose defensive coverage of Toews has been so suffocating, the lack of oxygen affecting "Tazer's" brain and emotional stability...

Wings Must Play Big And Match Chicago’s Effort Tonight

from Craig Custance of ESPN (paid subscription), The best playoff teams have that element of size and strength in their top-six, and it's something Abdelkader provides for Detroit. Over the course of a long series, his physical style against the Blackhawks' best players can potentially chip away at their will and wear them down.... And Ericsson has settled in as...

Toews not happy with officiating after Game 2 loss to Detroit

Chicago failed in their attempt to maintain home ice advantage in their second round match-up with the Detroit Red Wings after falling Saturday afternoon 4-1. Unable to capitalize off Patrick Kane’s first period tally giving the Blackhawks the lead Chicago from there was only able to muster 20 shots against Jimmy Howard who shut the more »

Game 5 Time Set

Game 5 between the Blackhawks and Red Wings is scheduled for 7 pm CT on Saturday, May 25.The post Game 5 Time Set appeared first on Committed Indians.
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