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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 period and put the game away in the third. Now, the Red Wings have a chance to take the lead when this series between Original Six rivals shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Monday. Patrick Kane gave Chicago a 1-0 lead late in the first, but did things ever change after that. Brunner tied it when he deflected a wrist shot by Jakub Kindl early in the second, and Smith gave the Red Wings the lead when he scored off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg on a 3-on-1 late in the second. Johan Franzen made it 3-1 in the third when he fired a rising shot past Crawford after a perfect pass from Jonathan Ericsson in the Detroit zone. And Valtteri Filppula closed out the scoring with 7:57 left in the game. That was enough for Jimmy Howard, who stopped 19 shots. Crawford made 26 saves for Chicago but the Red Wings were simply a step faster in this one after the Blackhawks ran away from them in the opener. The Blackhawks still struck first thanks to a lucky bounce after Detroit's Kyle Quincey sprawled out to block a pass across the slot by Patrick Sharp that was intended for Kane on a 2-on-1 rush. The puck bounced to a trailing Michal Handzus, who immediately fed it to a wide open Kane in the right slot. He fired it into the net at the 14:05 mark for a 1-0 lead and his first goal of the playoffs. About a minute later, with the Red Wings on a power play, Crawford made a nice save on Zetterberg before Pavel Datsyuk ripped a shot high off the right post. Detroit tied it early in the second when a wrist shot by Kindl from just inside the blue line deflected off Brunner and past a screened Crawford, who didn't even react as the puck went past him on the glove side. But Chicago's goalie had the fans chanting his name midway through the period with two great saves, stopping Zetterberg from the slot and sprawling out to foil Daniel Cleary on the rebound. The Red Wings took a 2-1 lead with 3:52 left in the second, when Zetterberg dished to Smith on a two-on-one rush after Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson fell racing him for a loose puck. Notes: LW Drew Miller was in the Red Wings' lineup for the first time since April 20. He had been sidelined by a broken bone in his right hand. ... F Viktor Stalberg was a healthy scratch for the Blackhawks, just as he was in Game 1. "I don't like changing too much, but we wanted to get (Dave Bolland) in our lineup," coach Joel Quenneville said before the game. "It's comparable to what we've done during season. But we'll see. We can adapt and change at any moment." ... Quenneville on the early start: "I think the guys, once they get in, they don't mind playing in the afternoon."
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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...
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...
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.
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By DAVE DYEFOXSportsDetroit.com
The Detroit Red Wings reverted back to their third-period woes in Game 1 against Chicago.
They got outscored 3-0 and outshot 19-9, which turned a tight game into a 4-1 loss.
The Wings had the same problems early in the Anaheim series during the last round. Detroit was outscored 8-1 in the third period of the first three games against the Ducks....
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 »
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The Detroit Red Wings emphatically announced to the hockey world yesterday afternoon their intention of making this a very intriguing Western Conference semi-final with an impressive 4-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center.
Now that the series has become a best-of-five and both teams have exhibited...
The Wings looked tired and asleep for much of game one. They didn't have that fire in them and Chicago didn't do anything to light it. Until now.
Want some lockerroom board worthy material to fire them up? Here you go, from the Chicago Tribune:
Red Wings don't belong in the same rink as the Hawks
And that's the headline...it gets...