Game 2 was almost the same as game one except the other way around. The Detroit Red Wings evened the series against the Chicago Blackhawks by defeating them 4-1; the same manner in which they lost on Wednesday. Detroit out-shot the Blackhawks 30-20. They won more face-offs 31-25 and the younger Wings played in control from the beginning with the calm and cool of a grizzled play-off vet.
At the trade deadline Ken Holland said he was “sticking with the kids” to finish the season and make a playoff run. Ken Hollands hunch about going with the youth movement is starting to pay off. Damian Brunner is starting to put together quite a playoff record. Brunner scored again in Game 2 tieing the game on a deflection in the second period. The goal marks his second in the series and his 4th of the Stanley Cup Playoffs tieing him for the Red Wings playoff lead with Johan Franzen. Henrik Zetterberg was also a factor notching 2 points on 2 assists. Zetterberg’s 10 playoff points put him among the league leaders in the playoffs.
This win over Chicago represents the first time the Wings have beaten the Hawks this season. And it was a big one, allowing the Red Wings to snatch home ice advantage. Now all the Wings have to do is defend home ice and push Chicago into a must win situation when the series goes back to Chicago. A position this Blackhawks team has yet to be in this season.
Joe Louis Arena should be rockin’ as the Red Wings defend their home ice on Monday. Puck drops at 7:30 pm and you can see the game on the NBC sports network. Stay logged on the Detroit Jock city for all the latest news and views about the Red Wings and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.