Saturday, May 18, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Wings 4, Blackhawks 1
By Scott Powers
CHICAGO -- Here’s a quick look at the Detroit Red Wings' 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series at the United Center on Saturday.
How it happened: The Red Wings came ready to play in Game 2 after being outperformed for much of the series opener. They contained the Blackhawks’ attack to 20 shots after allowing them 42 shots in Game 1. On the other end, the Red Wings picked up their offensive game. After Patrick Kane scored to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead in the first period, the Red Wings responded with four consecutive goals. Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period, and Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula added goals in the third period. Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard made 19 saves. Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford made 26 saves. Chicago killed four power plays and improved to 24-for-24 on the penalty kill in the playoffs.
Player of the game:Henrik Zetterberg was a factor on both ends of the ice. He helped contain the Blackhawks’ top line, especially Jonathan Toews, and dished out the puck for two assists.
What it means: The Red Wings evened the series at 1-1 and were able to steal a game in Chicago. It’s the first time the Red Wings have defeated the Blackhawks since last season. Chicago was riding an eight-game winning streak over Detroit.
What’s next: The series will move to Detroit for Game 3 on Monday.