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Red Wings Suprise Blackhawks in Game 2

Those who were expecting the No.1 seeded Chicago Blackhawks to dominate the No. 7 seeded Detroit Red Wings got a rude awakening last night when the Red Wings pulled off a huge 4-1 victory against the Stanley Cup favorites.  The series is now tied at 1-1.

It was first season team captain, Henrik Zetterberg who led the Red Wings to their upset victory over the Blackhawks on their home ice in Chicago.  Zetterberg helped set up two huge goals including the initial shot that put the Red Wings over the Blackhawks.  Zetterberg fed the winning goal to rookie Brendan Smith.

“He’s taken on ‘C’ like all the rest of the Red Wings have ever done,” Smith said. “He’s stepped up so big for us. He’s proven he’s one of the all-time captains in only one year, and how much he steps up, he’s such a clutch player. We look up to him so much, and I think we feed off his strength and competition level. It helps our team for sure.”

If we were to predict this series based on Game 1, it looked as though Chicago would be dominating the Red Wings much like they dominated many other teams throughout the season.

“We knew they were going to come back and try to make up for Game 1,” Blackhawk Jonathan Toews said. “We didn’t quite match the effort. It was frustrating, but at the same time we did a lot of good things and started getting more traffic later in the game. We’ve just got to find more ways to be effective in their zone…  I wouldn’t say it’s a wake-up call. I think we know exactly what we need to improve on and do it right away.”

The Red Wings are going to need to be prepared for a determined and dangerous Blackhawks who now feel they have something to prove after dropping the puck against a No.7 seed.

Game 3 will be on Monday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.   Despite the home loss, the Blackhawks are still the favorites to take this game.  The money line to bet on the ‘Hawks is at -138.  It is at +125 to bet on the Red Wings.

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