After a convincing win against the Detroit Red Wings in game 1 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Chicago Blackhawks returned to the ice on Saturday in an attempt to extend their series lead over the Red Wings to 2-0.
The first period started with the Red Wings having more opportunities on offense then the Blackhawks. However, the Hawks had a power play opportunity as the result of a hooking penalty on Brendan Smith. Though, the Blackhawks were unable to convert on the opportunity. The Blackhawks were able to convert on a 3-on-2 breakaway that resulted in Patrick Kane scoring the first goal of the game. The Red Wings had a power play opportunity of their own but were unable to convert in the first period. Kane’s goal would be the difference between the two teams at the first intermission.
Early in the second period, the Red Wings evened the score. Damien Brunner scored his fourth goal of playoffs for the Red Wings to tie the game at one early in the second period. After a penalty on Pavel Datsyuk, the Blackhawks had another power play opportunity. The Blackhawks, however, were once again unable to covert on the opportunity. Brendan Smith gave the Red Wings the lead with a goal late in the second period. Smith’s goal would be the difference between the two teams as the Red Wings had a 2-1 lead after two periods of play.
Johan Franzen added another goal for the Red Wings in the third period. Franzen’s fourth goal of the playoffs gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead. Valtteri Filppula also scored a third period for the Red Wings. The Red Wings would go on to win Game 2 with a 4-1 victory.
The Blackhawks series against the Red Wings certainly was not going to be as easy their series against the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks were able to control their series against the Wild with their offensive talent. That is what team must do against the Red Wings. They did not do that on Saturday, and that is why the series is now tied at 1-1.
Game 3 between the Red Wings and Blackhawks is on Monday in Detroit at 6:30 p.m.