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from Lynn Zinser of Slap Shot at the NY Times,
Notice has officially arrived in Chicago that the N.H.L. playoffs have started. Perhaps part of the Blackhawks’ problem is that they are actually playing games in Detroit at the moment. Maybe the hockey gods should start delivering such things by text message. Thus, the Blackhawks would have been warned that Detroit no longer looks much like that identity crisis team that barely sneaked into the playoffs and whom Chicago had little trouble with in the regular season.
Somehow, the Detroit team that has dug its fingernails deep into this second-round series with Chicago not only found an identity, but made it a not-so-charming one. The franchise that used to pride itself on skating rings around opponents and scoring goals out of the how-to-create-a-highlight-reel textbook is now knocking Chicago around for a stunning 2-1 lead in their series.
Carlo Colaiacovo got up.
from Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago,
No one move will make the difference, it’s a cumulative effect, but now that the Wings have proved they can play with the Hawks it’s time for the favorite to get serious. Speed and chaos – as seen in Game 1 -- is called for and the Hawks have been able to accomplish that at Joe Louis Arena lately as much as any team in the league. But Detroit has been decent enough in Chicago over the years too. They were again on Saturday.
“They had the puck a lot tonight,” Kane said. “Took a page out of our game. I felt like we were chasing the puck all the time.”
That was Detroit’s game before it was the Hawks’. The Wings never stopped playing that way, they simply haven’t been as good at it over the last few years. Saturday showed they can still bring it, if their seven-game series win over the Ducks didn’t.
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Hockey Night in Canada does such a great job with their montages before each playoff game,
Here is the montage before game 1 of the Detroit/Chicago series.
The game should start around 8:10pm ET or so and can be viewed on NBCSN, CBC and RDS.
Use the comment section if you'd like to talk about the game or anything related to the playoffs.
By Eli Epstein, TiqIQ
It took seven games, but a Detroit Red Wings team that almost didn’t make the playoffs showed up in a big way in the first round, ousting the second-seeded Anaheim Ducks in a series not many pundits expected the Wings to win. Not only did Detroit move on, they did so behind the stellar net play of star goalie Jimmy Howard, who posted a 2.74 Goals Against Average in the series.
Up front, the Wings had a balanced offensive attack, carrying six players who scored two or more goals in round one. Superstars Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk will always be the Wings’ bread and butter, but solid scoring outputs from grinders like Dan Cleary and Justin Abdelkader, which the Wings thankfully received, will propel Detroit to the next level.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Aggravating game because it was hanging in the balance early and even late for the Wild to either take or get back into. But the Wild’s power play – now 0 for 15 in the series – failed and failed and failed, especially on back-to-back advantages to start the third period.
Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise each were minus-2 and now are a combined minus-11 in the series. Parise’s been limited to one goal, Koivu, who just doesn’t look to be skating well to me, has been limited to no points.
“We’ve got to score on them. It’s as simple as that,” Parise said when asked how much he and Koivu need to step up.
Koivu said, “You can’t get frustrated. Obviously it’s hard. It’s tough when you’re trying to create and it’s not going in. Players go through that. I have to be able to find a way to get it to the net and keep creating.”
Coach Mike Yeo said of the two forwards, “It probably wasn’t the greatest of nights, but if you know them the way I do, you are very excited to see them play Thursday night.”
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
While even coach Joel Quenneville was noticeably curt in his post-game interview (Asked how the Hawks could improve their power play, his response was as succinct as it could be: "Shoot."), Toews typically was soft-spoken, resolute and spot-on, especially when it came to the obvious storyline of the game -- the Wild's pummeling of the Blackhawks with impunity. It was 34-13 on paper, but much worse in reality.
''It's part of the game. It's something we can do, too,'' Toews said. ''It's not the only part of the game that we didn't take control of. Maybe they outhit us on paper, but there are a lot of other things that we didn't do right that we're going to have to get going if we want to win a game like this.''
Though Toews' voice could have echoed in the barren locker room after the game, it remains to be seen if his teammates get that message. Unless something catastrophic happens in a hockey game -- like Marian Hossa getting knocked out by a vicious hit -- there seems to be a delayed response to situations like this. Like a one-game lag. After the Blackhawks were outhit 17-4 in the first period, they were still outhit 7-2 in the second. And that's just on paper.
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