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Wings Beat Blackhawks 4-1, Even Series

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Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings collides with Michal Handzus #26 of the Chicago Blackhawks as they battle for the puck in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings collides with Michal Handzus #26 of the Chicago Blackhawks as they battle for the puck in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center on May 18, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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By ANDREW SELIGMAN/AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) – Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Saturday in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series.

It was a strong response by the Red Wings after Chicago handled them easily in the series opener, 4-1.

Just as the Blackhawks did in Game 1, Detroit took control in the second period and put the game away in the third. Now, the Red Wings have a chance to take the lead when this series between Original Six rivals shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Monday.

Patrick Kane gave Chicago a 1-0 lead late in the first, but did things ever change after that.

After the Red Wings took the lead in the second period, Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula scored in the third.

 

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