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Playoffs Tonight: Blackhawks look to ‘ramp up our intensity’ vs Red Wings

May 20, 2013, 8:03 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: Jonathan Ericsson #52 of the Detroit Red Wings approaches the puck as Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks falls in front of teammate Patrick Sharp #10 in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

We had plenty of dramatics last night with Ottawa’s 2-1 double-overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Boston Bruins also took a 2-0 series lead, meaning that tonight’s series is the only one in the second round to involve a road team winning.

Game 3: Detroit Red Wings host Chicago Blackhawks (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN/Live Extra)
Series tied at 1-1

Everything seemed to click for Detroit in Game 2. Rookie Damien Brunner netted his second goal in as many games, Valtteri Filppula extended his recent hot streak after a disappointing regular season, and Johan Franzen scored his fourth goal of the playoffs.

The Red Wings still face an uphill climb to win this series, but now they have put the pressure on Chicago to win at least one game at Joe Louis Arena.

“Losing home ice, (it was) one of those days when they were much better than we were,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said in a CSN Chicago report. “And it certainly got our attention.”

Chicago’s Andrew Shaw added that his team is going to have to “ramp up our intensity in Game 3.”

One change for the Blackhawks might be the addition of Viktor Stalberg after he was listed as a healthy scratch for the last two games. Even when Stalberg has played, Chicago has barely utilized with the man advantage in the playoffs, so it will be interesting to see if he gets any playing time in those situations.

For Detroit the key will be maintaining what they did in Game 2. They need to continue to get production from players other than Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk in order to win this series.

  1. dearyxd - May 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    if they can maintain game 2 they can win the cup

  2. comeonnowguys - May 20, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Game 2 vs. Detroit was a lot like Game 3 vs. the Wild. The only difference is Detroit had the horses to make Chicago pay (big) in regulation for their “we got this” autopilot, whereas the wild needed OT to win.

    Should Chicago advance (it’s a little much to expect them to come out like they did in Game 2), the Blackhawks really need to knock that off. There really shouldn’t be coasting at any point in the playoffs, especially so early in the series.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 20, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      Big difference from game 1 was that Hossa was pretty much a non-factor. If he steps it up, the Hawks become that much more dangerous.

  3. redwings1977 - May 20, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I think it’s pretty simple. If the Hawks from Game 1 show up, they’re going to win. If the Wings from Game 2 show up, they’re going to win. If they both show up, then it’ll be a hell of a game. I do know one thing though, the Joe is going to be as loud as it’s been in years.

    Go Wings!

    • polegojim - May 20, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      Very true… I hope they both show up for heck of a game.

      I am a bit surprised that the Hawks felt the ‘pep talk’ and comments were needed though… sounds like a bit of doubt has crept in… ; ) Some of them were counting on a sweep… that’s what happens when you believe the hype and forget to play the game.

      That’s why I LOVE the Wings as underdogs all through the playoffs.

      Let’s Go RED WINGS!

  4. clefty1 - May 20, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Lets hope the Wings team from game 2 shows up tonight.

  5. 13datsyuk13 - May 20, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Not true, Hossa had another dive in game 2.

  6. buffalomafia - May 20, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Go Blackhawks!

  7. buffalomafia - May 20, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    What is funny when the Redwings were 0-4 NBC sports announcers said Detroit won’t make the playoffs!

    Look at Detroit now they are in second round looking good?

  8. hammerhead5573 - May 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Ummmm i think anyone following hockey was saying that Detroit may not make it. Corey crawford was also considered the weak link at beginning of this year too. Point is, it makes absolutely no difference what is said, especially from nbc or the biggest joke of all…..espn

  9. joeyg88 - May 20, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Stallberg better be playing. And Crawford needs to be better than Howard but that won’t happen lol

  10. badgerbuck - May 20, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Detroit has dominated this series so far four of the first six periods belong to Detroit . That said Detroit wins this series in six games.

  11. greenmtnboy31 - May 20, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Refs just screwed Stalburg and the Hawks out of a goal. Shaw did not interfere with Howard and any contact was incidental and a result of Shaw being hit. Post season officiating has been AWFUL!!

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