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Blackhawks vs Red Wings - 2013 SCP Conference Semifinals

Blackhawks' turn to respond after Game 2 loss

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Detroit Red Wings needed a performance like the one they put on the ice Saturday at United Center.

After talking about their tired legs following a series-opening loss to the rival Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday, the Red Wings needed to come out skating fast, hitting hard and putting on offensive pressure in waves.

That's exactly what they did. The Red Wings evened the best-of-7 series 1-1 with a 4-1 win, seized home-ice advantage for the remaining five games, and gave the Blackhawks their first loss on home ice in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Now it's up to the Blackhawks to respond.

Smith rewards Red Wings' faith with game-winner

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- It was a rough night for the Detroit defensemen in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the top-seeded Chicago Blackhawks, but the amount of fault placed on them for the defeat might have been overstated.

Brendan Smith
Defense - DET
GOALS: 2 | ASST: 1 | PTS: 3
SOG: 12 | +/-: -2

Rookie Brendan Smith was one of the players who received a share of the criticism, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock made it clear before Game 2 of the series Saturday that the forwards were not helping the defensemen nearly enough, which led to a lot of the turnovers and missed outlet passes that hemmed in the Red Wings.

Those same defensemen, with the proper support from the forwards, looked a lot better in Game 2, and in particular Smith, who was one of the heroes when the seventh-seeded Red Wings defeated the Blackhawks 4-1 to even the best-of-7 series.

Blackhawks working toward passing Red Wings

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The question was posed to Corey Crawford after practice Friday and his answer unintentionally summed up just how much the rivalry has changed between the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.

Crawford, Chicago's starting goalie, was asked about Detroit not having much stamina in the final two periods of a 4-1 loss Wednesday at United Center, the opening game of the Western Conference Semifinals. The Red Wings, who made six cross-country flights during a seven-game quarterfinal against the Anaheim Ducks, said they expect to be faster and better in Game 2 here Saturday (1 p.m., NBC, CBC).

"I don't really care, to be honest," Crawford snapped. "It's more about us. Whatever their travel is or whatever their schedule is doesn't really affect us. We expect them to play hard and to bring their best game. That's what we're preparing for."

Bolland re-establishes himself as playoff performer

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Spend a couple of days with Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and it quickly becomes evident he has a few favorite phrases when discussing his players.

One of them is "predictability in his game." It's another way of saying a player offers consistent effort and is reliable. It also perfectly describes the play of Blackhawks center Dave Bolland.

Quenneville found out Friday that Bolland might not always be so predictable off the ice. Asked about his coach, who was named a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the League's best, Bolland called Quenneville "a big teddy bear."

"Really? A teddy bear?" Quenneville said after a hearty chuckle. "I hadn't been called that one before. That's surprising. Pretty tough to comment on that one."

Bolland returned to the Blackhawks lineup in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals after missing the final three games of the regular season and the opening round against the Minnesota Wild with a groin injury. He skated on the third line and logged 11:36 of ice time, easily the least he's played in 50 career Stanley Cup Playoff games for Chicago.

Still, the guy who has earned a reputation as a "playoff player" was noticeable in his brief appearances.

Perfect penalty kill big part of Blackhawks' success

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa scored on a one-timer from the slot on the power play in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals for the Chicago Blackhawks. Henrik Zetterberg had a similar look from a similar place on the ice for the Detroit Red Wings on the man-advantage, but Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was able to deflect the shot into the corner.

Those two sequences were far from the only reason the Blackhawks lead this series 1-0 after a convincing 4-1 victory Wednesday at United Center. They were two key plays in the first period before the Blackhawks asserted control, indicative of the way the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs have progressed for Crawford and his fellow penalty killers.

"It would've been [different] if we'd gotten one in on the power play there," Zetterberg said after the game. "We had a few chances, but couldn't really find a way to score a goal."

Sharp stealing spotlight from better-known teammates

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Patrick Sharp's name isn't the first to roll off the tongue whenever people talk about the stars of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Patrick Sharp
Left Wing - CHI
GOALS: 6 | ASST: 3 | PTS: 9
SOG: 29 | +/-: 6
It's always included, of course, but further down the list. First, usually, is captain Jonathan Toews, followed by forwards Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa. Then will come defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

By the time they get to Sharp, his name often is attached to a catch-all phrase like, "Oh yeah, they've also got Sharp," followed by something about Chicago's incredible depth of talent.

Six games into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, however, the player wearing No. 10 on his back is proving himself to be a lot more important to the Blackhawks than just an "also" guy, leading the team with nine points and tying for the NHL lead with six goals.

Red Wings know they need to be better

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO – It started out alright for the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night, but they'd probably like to forget the final 40 minutes of their Western Conference Semifinals series opener.

Despite the game remaining tied 1-1 heading into the third period, the Chicago Blackhawks took control of this game in the middle period and didn't let up until the final horn sounded at United Center to conclude their impressive 4-1 victory.

The Blackhawks got outhit 43-24 overall, but that was mainly because they dominated the puck for such long stretches in those final two periods – outskating and outplaying the Red Wings at both ends of the ice.

"In the first period, except for the first shift, I thought we did a good job staying on top of them," Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "Then in the second and third, for some reason, we ended up watching them play hockey instead of just going after them."

Tale of the Tape: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings

When the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings open their Western Conference Semifinal series Tuesday with Game 1 at United Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS), the Original Six rivals will be meeting on the 87th anniversary of the day they entered the NHL together, and for the 800th time in their storied histories.

This is the 16th occasion in which the Blackhawks and Red Wings have met in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blackhawks have an 8-7 all-time series edge, but the Red Wings beat them in five games in the most recent matchup, in the 2009 Western Conference Finals.

Detroit is set to move to the Eastern Conference as the League realigns for the 2013-14 season, so any future postseason matchups against Chicago would have to occur in the Stanley Cup Final.

Blackhawks develop snarl as they prep for Red Wings

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- There were angry words exchanged, slashes traded and what appeared to be an invitation to fight before Chicago Blackhawks teammates Daniel Carcillo and Jamal Mayers were separated by Duncan Keith.

And that was just the end of practice Tuesday, which saw the Blackhawks go through another day of preparations at United Center as they get ready to host the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday in Game 1 of a Western Conference Semifinal series (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

Asked about the incident afterward, Chicago coach Joel Quenneville cracked a smile for the first time during his Tuesday press conference. Was he concerned about teammates quarreling one day before a rivalry-fueled series begins?

"Not concerned," said Quenneville, who had said he wasn't pleased with his team's intensity level against the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. "I've seen many of those. The word … I don't know if it's 'healthy' … but I think it shows how competitive it is. Guys want to play. You know, I've seen it escalate to a different level, as well. I thought that [one] was kind of on the friendly side. I wouldn't consider it that bad."

Zetterberg leaving his mark in first season as captain

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

ANAHEIM -- Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist were born on Sweden's west coast, in towns about 130 miles apart.

When they were developing into professional hockey prospects as teenagers, they were further apart -- Andersson was in Gothenburg with Frolunda, while Nyquist was in Malmo. Still, their experiences with consuming NHL hockey were quite similar.

Each grew up watching a lot of Detroit Red Wings games. While the "Russian Five" made Detroit an extremely popular team in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the influx of Swedish players on the roster made them a go-to team on television sets in Malmo and Stockholm, as well.

"Since there are so many Swedes, probably the Swedish networks favor the Red Wings games too," Nyquist said. "It is easy for the Swedes to watch them and watch their idols to play. For sure, I watched him when I was growing up and this was my favorite team for as long as I was growing up."

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