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It was a promise that the Blackhawks delivered. After the series victory over Minnesota in the first round, the Hawks promised to not come out flat again.
Despite their 5-1 record so far in these Stanley Cup Playoffs, it's no secret that the Chicago Blackhawks still have yet to play their best hockey.
The Wings left the United Center on Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 victory banked on the hard work especially of their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, who had two assists.
But that won't stop the Blackhawks from trying to become the kind of team that dominates the NHL in a way the Red Wings and Devils did for long stretches of the last two decades.
Before Game 1 of the Chicago Blackhawks' series with the Detroit Red Wings, head coach Joel Quenneville wanted to send a message to several of his players whose performance he was dissatisfied with.
Torres was suspended for a vicious hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, he was again suspended again for a far lesser hit on the Los Angeles Kings ' Jarret Stoll .
Chicago Head Coach Joel Quenneville attempts to stop the game after Phoenix Coyotes left-wing #27 Raffi Torres collided with #81 Marian Hossa on the ice.
By Kolby Solinsky - BC Local News Published: May 15, 2013 7:00 PM Updated: May 15, 2013 7:53 PM There was a part of me - I dunno, at maybe the 10 minutes mark of the second period or so - that looked at the TV, heard Bob Cole's voice, and got a little nostalgic for that large chunk of time in the mid-to-late-2000s, a time when the Detroit Red Wings ... (more)
The Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell is caught between Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo during Game 1 Wednesday in Chicago.
Chicago Blackhawks centre Patrick Sharp celebrates his empty net goal against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1. Sharp has nine points in the post-season. A certain Chicago Blackhawks player tried to impress his mother in his team's 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings, and San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres could face discipline yet again in ... (more)
There was less mystery Wednesday about why Viktor Stalberg took up residence in the doghouse, and total clarity about what it cost him: a spot in the lineup against the Red Wings.
May 15, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland scuffles with Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader during the second period in game one of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the United Center.
Coach Mike Babcock split Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg in Game 7 of the first round against the Ducks, and it seemed to invigorate both newly formed lines.
The Detroit Red Wings are determined but not delusional. Sure they can swagger into Chicago Wednesday, knowing they just upset the No.