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Blackhawks much more upbeat about latest victory

May 16, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15: Cory Crawford #50 of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a save against the Detroit Red Wings in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville hasn’t been overjoyed with his team lately despite their recent success.

When they beat Minnesota 3-0 in Game 4, he said it was “the minimal standard we should be looking for.” After eliminating the Wild in Game 5, Quenneville insisted that “there’s another level we need to get to.”

So how does Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings rate in his eyes?

“Much better from our prior series, and what we were talking about in our team game was in place,” Quenneville said in a CSN Chicago report. “We had some pace, had some speed and some zone time and everybody contributed.

“Obviously you get scoring chances, you can draw penalties, get second opportunities and you can tire them out. That’s easier said than done, but certainly you’re on an advantage if you get more zone time.

“The last series we didn’t get much. Let’s look forward to trying to get more.”

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was even more positive, calling Wednesday’s effort “probably our best game of the postseason so far.”

The game was tied after 20 minutes, but Chicago outshot Detroit 35-14 over the final two periods. Detroit will have a few days to regroup before Game 2 on Saturday (1:00 p.m. ET, NBC).

  1. adambballn - May 16, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    The Hawks were dominating last night. The only reason this game wasn’t more of a blowout was Jimmy Howard, he was spot on.

    • hockeydon10 - May 16, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      Wings fan here and I have to agree. Apart from about 10 minutes in the first when the teams looked nearly even, game 1 was almost all Chicago.

  2. dtownbeatdown - May 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    The Hawks came out on fire the first few minutes, then things settled down. After Brunner scored for the Wings… well we know what happened the Wings got out skated, out matched, out played. Hawks were so hard on the puck we were dumping and chasing on power plays. It was bad, and if this series is playing out to what I might think will happen, it might be a hard pill to swallow for wings fans. The Blackhawks are just that good this year. Thank’s to Jimmy for making it not look as bad as it was. Poor dude has no defense to back him up. I think we have already put 2-3 pucks in our own net these playoffs.

    -Wings fan

    • hammerhead5573 - May 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      I think any realistic Hawks fan can say, we saw them play one of their best games last night.They just took over the game and made it theirs. On the same note any realistic Hawks fan knows that is not the Detroit Red Wings we all know. If I remember correctly the Hawks are 9-0-2 in last eleven. 8 of those are by 1 goal. This series is far from over. And Detroit will at some point in this series, turn it on and make sure everyone knows they are here to play.. Will it get them past the Hawks????? I hope not, but anything is possible on any given night. Good post though man.

      • dtownbeatdown - May 18, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        Well said, the Hawks won a lot of games against the Wings as of late, all really close (except the 7-1 win by Chi) At the same rate when Wings were dominating and Chicago was coming up in the ranks, and now its vice versa, they always play each other hard. I will miss this series more then anything next year. It is a shame it will go away. For a hockey fan, these games always keep each side on their toes and that is just fun to watch. Now we got ourself a series and hopefully a good send off from each other… With the Wings winning series of course ;-) I dont know it is going to be interesting though. Really looking forward to the remainder of this one.

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