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Discuss: Red Wings even up series, take down Chicago 4-1

May 18, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

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It was a perfect road playoff game for the Detroit Red Wings and they were able to even up their series with the Chicago Blackhawks earning a 4-1 victory in Game 2.

Detroit did things so much differently compared to Game 1. Babcock’s complaints about not getting out of their own zone were adjusted and the Wings could get their offense going. Goals from Damien Brunner, Brendan Smith (thanks to a nice feed from Henrik Zetterberg) and a snipe from Johan Franzen did the job to establish the lead. Valtteri Filppula‘s goal with under eight minutes to play was the highlight reel goal to put a bow on it.

Now the series heads back to Detroit all knotted up at 1-1. Game 3 is on Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

Here are your talking points:

— Both teams have worn each other out in the third period. Chicago did it in Game 1 and Detroit today. So… Who’s for real here?

— Detroit gave the Blackhawks a taste of their own medicine with the scoring coming from all sorts of people. Depth scoring is so important in the postseason but the one constant? Zetterberg with two assists.

— How about the Wings outshooting the Hawks? Jimmy Howard‘s day was kept easy facing just 20 shots. Corey Crawford had his hands full in facing 30 shots, stopping just 26.

— Chicago’s penalty kill continues to be their major strength as they haven’t given up a power play goal yet in the playoffs. Detroit’s man advantage didn’t do much.

— On the downside, Chicago took a few dumb penalties to slow down any chance they had to steer the game back in their direction. Not giving up goals is fine, killing your opportunities to get back in the game is also not helpful.

— Where was Chicago’s urgency? A home game against a hated rival and outside of the first period there was no push back. Detroit scored twice in the second and kept on rolling.

— Detroit now takes home-ice advantage in the series. How much will that help them out?

Here are the highlights from Game 2:

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  1. bensawesomeness - May 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Wings looked awesome! Very proud of how they played today!

    Go Wings!

    • polegojim - May 18, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Magnificent… I believe the match-up makes the Wings the only team that keeps the Hawks from winning the Cup.

      Great games.

      Go RED WINGS!

  2. 0ffsides - May 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Good push back by the Wings. More disciplined in their zone, now it’s a series.

  3. dirtysouthironmen - May 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    If you press Crawford he will break.

    • hammerhead5573 - May 18, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Soooooo with that theory any goalie who is in net during a loss is considered a “break”. Please keep that in mind the remainder of this series.

      • hockeydon10 - May 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

        No. That’s not what that means. Extrapolation fail.

        What he means is he believes Crawford isn’t that resilient as a goalie, and if he’s pressed too much, he’ll break. One opinion about one goalie. That doesn’t mean it’s the truth about every goalie.

  4. mydoglouie - May 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    The first two games are prime examples of why you shouldn’t over react to a team having a bad game. Chicago will now have to rebound from a bad game as Detroit did from game 1.

  5. hammerhead5573 - May 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    As good as they looked in game one, they looked that bad in game 2. With that said they looked bad in game 3 last series too. Not entirely worried unless this same effort is seen in games 3 and 4. Tip of the hat to the wings today, they earned it .

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - May 18, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    C’mon Hawks! What the hell kind of hockey team can’t even come back from a measly 4-1 deficit in the third period? :-)

  7. nunan - May 18, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Rooting for Chicago. Good chance the last four cup winners make it to their respective conference finals.

    • imauggiedoggie - May 18, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      …ah, let’s go back to the last FIVE cup winners, DUMP the 2010 w(h)iners & insert the RED WINGS!

  8. bobhpine - May 18, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    The Red Wings are so tough. I thought they might miss the playoffs this year and here they are dominating Chicago in game 2 of the second round. The Blackhawks are in for a fight.

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

      Agreed! If the Pens get to the finals, as much as I’d like to see a throwdown between them and Chicago, a significant part of me wants to see that Detroit-Pittsburgh matchup one more time. If both teams can get there it’d just be pretty comical to see it for the third time in the last 6 years. It’s so hard for any team to get to the finals more than once, so to see two teams not only do it 3 times, but do it 3 teams and meet up against each other every one of those times would be pretty crazy. Still a long ways to go on both sides to make it happen, though.

  9. johnnycash19 - May 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    The biggest thing that has surprised me is the way Zetterberg has elevated his level of play the last 15-20 games. When Detroit needed to string some wins together to make the playoffs, Z stepped up big. When they needed to win game 6 and 7 against Anaheim, Z stepped up. When they had to beat Chicago today, he stepped up.

    I was a little nervous about losing Lidstrom and his leadership, who wouldn’t after having 2 captains the past 25 or whatever years? But when the Wings have had their backs up against a wall, Zetterberg has stepped up his game and elevated not only his, but everyone’s game.

    This will be a great series to watch.

    Go Wings!

    • bensawesomeness - May 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Z’s made it very clear, if his team isn’t going to get the job done, then he’s going to put them on his back and carry them the rest of the way.

      Similar sentiments can be made of Howard but more so Z

  10. hockinj25 - May 18, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Easily the best game the Wings have played this postseason. Hope the can continue this at the Joe.

  11. dt58 - May 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Wings looked a lot more like the Wings in this game and Hawks didn’t look much like the Hawks. Chi gave the puck away and were sloppy with the puck in their own end and in the neutral zone way too often today. Kudos Det. Deserved to win this game. This series is far from over and I expect for the Hawks to come out a little more hungry next game. I expect this to be at least 6 games

    • hammerhead5573 - May 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      Well said, I’m guessing 6 or 7 as well. Both these teams played really poorly in each of the 1st 2 games. And the other team paid for it.

    • joey4id - May 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      The Wings just had a surgically well executed game. Text book hockey for them. So good that it made the Hawks look like a different team. Its going to be tough to win for either teams.

  12. dtownbeatdown - May 18, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I am a Wings fan, but Chicago has made a ton of progress in the past 5 years (not to mention a cup win), they were out played this game as Detroit was in game one. This is turning into a series to remember. A great send off between one, if not the best rivalries in hockey. Both seem to have a respect factor for each other so we never see a whole lot of garbage between the teams. Doesn’t matter what year it is or who is playing on each team, they always seem to play each other tough, and I will miss that. Looking forward to the remainder of this series.

  13. drago2012 - May 18, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    In a scheme of things, it doe not matter the Hawks will win in a 7 game series.. DDAAAA HHHHAAAWWWKKKS!!!!

    • jimeejohnson - May 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Daaaaaaaa Polish sausage!

  14. hockeydon10 - May 18, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    We always here about how good a coach Babcock is, and this might have been one of those games that helps cement that reputation in place. In the two days the Wings used to rest, they also adjusted to Chicago’s relentless forecheck and were able to break out of their zone much easier. Well played game.

    Now to figure out how Q-stache is going to adjust before game 3…

  15. badgerbuck - May 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Detroit wins this series in six much better playoff team then Chicago

  16. earpaniac - May 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Hawks just look uninterested all game. I don’t think they thought they would just have to show up, they just looked flat.

    • musicman495 - May 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      It’s easy to look flat when you are having your head handed to you.

  17. clefty1 - May 19, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    The Wings showed some resilience and Z has Toews a bit flustered.

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