The Detroit Red Wings got much younger this year, rebuilding with rookies and prospects pushed onto the ice.
In case they weren’t aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they’re going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit.
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.
Two of the three finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the NHL’s best defensive forward are taking center stage as the Red Wings and Blackhawks tangle with a berth in the Western Conference finals on the line, and it’s no coincidence.
Pavel Datsyuk is one of the NHL’s most feared scorers, a wizard with the puck who is equally adept at setting up his teammates for easy plays.
If you want to stop a Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Toews or Patrice Bergeron, it helps to have a Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Toews or Patrice Bergeron.
Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has a habit of attracting attention.
At the end of the second period, some of us in Detroit wondered if this was going to be the night.
I love some Red Wings fans. They crushed me because I picked the Chicago Blackhawks to defeat the Red Wings in six games during hopefully the team’s final Western Conference semifinal in history.
Earlier this year rumors started to surface that Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk could leave for the KHL when his contract expires after next season.
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