In case they weren't aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they're going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit. The Red Wings hammered...
CHICAGO — In case they weren’t aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they’re going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit.
The Red Wings hammered home that message Saturday.
Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and Detroit beat the Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series.
“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.”
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Their confidence got a big jolt after they knocked off the Presidents’ Trophy winners and avoided falling into a deep hole. It was another big win by a team that finished seventh in the conference, only to knock off second-seeded Anaheim in the first round.
At Sharks 2, Kings 1 (OT)
Logan Couture scored a power-play goal 1:29 into overtime to help San Jose bounce back from two losses in Los Angeles to win Game 3 of their second-round series.
Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal early in the first period and Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Sharks, who got the penalty calls to go in their favor down the stretch.
Rookie Tyler Toffoli scored the lone goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings. Jonathan Quick made 38 saves.
• Ottawa Senators star center Jason Spezza, who hasn’t played since Jan. 27 after undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk, will rejoin the lineup Sunday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Senators trailing 2-0 to the Penguins.
• The NHL fined the San Jose Sharks $100,000 for general manager Doug Wilson’s public comments about Raffi Torres’ series suspension. Wilson contends Torres’ check that caused injury was a legal play.