All season long, Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has pleaded and prodded his teammates to play a full 60 minutes.
Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Kronwall finally got his wish.
In a dominating performance that ranks right up there in Detroit playoff lore, the Wings received contributions from each and every player and dispatched the Blackhawks rather easily, 4-1, to even up their second-round playoff series at a game apiece.
Stifling team defense combined with timely scoring paced a Detroit attack that was clicking from the opening face-off on.
Today was our best 60-minute effort of the playoffs, Red Wing goalie Jimmy Howard told FOX Sports Detroit after the game. We did a great job from the first period of really getting out of our zone efficiently and not turning the puck over like we did in game one.
That allowed us to be faster in the neutral zone and get in on top of their D.
It was a complete role reversal from Game 1, when Chicago completely outplayed the Wings,...