Payback is a “female dog” as fans from Detroit would like to say.
What I am referring to is the 4-1 beat down the Red Wings put on the Chicago Blackhawks in game 2 of this conference semifinals series. This came after the Blackhawks gave Detroit a 4-1 beat down in game one.
The biggest difference between the first two games had to be the shots on goal. The Blackhawks shot twice as many shots on goal than the Red Wings did in game one, but in game 2 the Red Wings returned the favor and won the shots on target battle 30-20 in game 2.
After Blackhawks star Patrick Kane scored the first goal of the game with 6 minutes left in the first period, Red wings fans had to be thinking deja-vu.
But after Red Wings rookie Damien Brunner tied it up early in the 2nd period, Detroit never looked back since. Another Red Wings rookie Brendan Smith scored the winning goal later on in the second, and the next two goals by Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula were just insurance for Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, insurance he didn’t need.
Now heading into game three, the 7th seeded Red Wings have all the momentum and the home field advantage for the rest of the series. But don’t expect the top seeded Blackhawks to just back down that easy, there is a reason why they ended up with the most points of any team in the regular season.
But its the rise of the young players that has taken the Red Wings to where they are today. Rookies like Damien Brunner, Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, and Joakim Anderson all have contributed to this playoff push that has the Red Wings playing their best hockey all year long, and at the right time. This is something new for Red Wings fans to see, as they are use to watching veteran players like Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, and Larry Murphy lead them in the chase for the Stanley Cup.
But times have changed, and this 2013 Red Wings club is the specimen to that change.
The Red Wings looked like bullies out there on the ice in game 2, just flat-out-outplaying the Blackhawks in every aspect of the game. Expect a closer matchup in game 3, but I think the Red Wings will prevail at home in what is suppose to be a sold pack crowd at the Joe Louis Arena. The Final score will be 3-2, in favor of the Red Wings.