Game Two Restored Hope

The Detroit Red Wings showed the Blackhawks that they weren’t just going to lay down and take a beating from them all series.

Detroit established its style of play and dominated most of game two and came up with a huge 4-1 victory.

Scoring for the Red Wings included Damien Brunner, Valtteri Filppula, Johan Franzen, and Branden Smith. Yes Branden Smith almost made up for all his turnovers with his goal yesterday because it ended up being the game winning one. Here is what head coach Mike Babcock had to say after the win.

“We’ve got a real good club now,” Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. “And we haven’t been good all year. We’ve just gotten better.”

Along with Babcock, team captain, forward Henrik Zetterberg talked about the difference between game one and game two.

“Overall, I think we had more energy,” the Red Wings’ Henrik Zetterberg said. “We did a lot of the little things better than we did in Game 1 and when we got our chances we were able to put the puck in the net.”

Personally, I thought they did have much more energy in game two than in game one. The Red Wings were flying around and hitting the Blackhawks hard yesterday. The Red Wings seemed to use the Blackhawks’ style of hockey against and I feel like that is what they will have to do to succeed in the rest of the series.

Here is what Blackhawks head coach had to say about the game yesterday and he maintained that he did not lose faith in goaltender Corey Crawford:

“Not at all,” he said. “Across the board, we should all assume responsibility.”

The series will now move to game three, which will take place in Detroit at Joe Louis Arena on Monday night. The game will be at 7:30 p.m. and we all know the Joe is going to be loud. I believe it will take another great performance from Jimmy Howard to be able to have a 2-1 series lead after game three. But game two gave me hope that the Red Wings can compete in this series.

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