Proud American Hockey League Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks

Our Town Or Team
Buy Tickets

IceHogs News

Wings Muzzle Hawks' Big Guns

From (link)

DETROIT -- In Game 1 of the Western Conference Final, the Detroit Red Wings were able to accomplish what the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks couldn't -- they outplayed the Chicago Blackhawks' best players.

After getting off to a slow start, the Red Wings found their legs and created several quality chances against top defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook. In the defensive zone, they outmuscled the likes of Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews. The end result was a 5-2 win at Joe Louis Arena.

"You've got to love watching them … they're fast," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "The tempo of the game out there is just flying. When you go up and down the ice like that, there's going to be opportunities to go the other direction."

Detroit capitalized on those opportunities in Game 1. A turnover by Brent Seabrook led to Dan Cleary's goal in the first period. Johan Franzen gave the Wings a 2-1 lead when he outmuscled Keith behind the Hawks' net, then scored on a quick wraparound.

"They've really been great this playoff," Cleary said of Seabrook and Keith. "We came in making sure we got it behind them and forced them to play defense. We try to be physical on them. But they're two good players. Seabrook's physical and Keith's a great skater, so you've got to make sure that you pick them up when he's coming up ice and you've got to have your head on a swivel with them."

Meanwhile, Nicklas Lidstrom & Co. did its thing in the Detroit zone. Toews and Kane were unable to generate any quality scoring chances, while Seabrook, Keith and the rest of Chicago's defense failed to stop the Red Wings late in the game. With the game tied 2-2, Mikael Samuelsson and Cleary scored just 1:27 apart to secure the Game 1 victory.

When the final horn sounded, the foursome of Seabrook, Keith, Kane and Toews combined for a minus-10 rating.

"I thought we had some good backside pressure … that makes our job a little easier," Lidstrom said. "You try to push them to the outside. They're good hockey players and they're good at hanging on to the puck. I think the players out there against that line did a real good job defensively."

Clearly, Chicago will have to figure out a way to limit the turnovers and generate better scoring chances before the puck drops in Game 2 on Tuesday night. After all, coming back from an 0-2 deficit against the defending Stanley Cup champions would be a pretty tall order.

"You've got to spend some time in their end because you know you're going to be in your end a little bit," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "We've got to be better."

Contact Brian Compton at:

Author: Brian Compton | Staff Writer

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010

December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
December 0200