Wings' resolve, championship focus simply too much for young 'Hawks
The only carryover from Game 3 to Game 4 was that the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings stiffened their resolve. They didn't like the major penalty call on
Detroit gave a clinic on what gut-check time is all about. Playing without veteran faceoff specialist
That edginess was merely a demonstrative form of Detroit's intent. As is the norm, execution led to the Red Wings' domination. Their passing was crisp and their shooting sharp. The tandem of
That quick answer denied the Blackhawks any chance of building momentum for a comeback -- something they've routinely done throughout the playoffs. Instead, at 4-1 early in the second period, goaltender
For Chicago, that meant trying to reestablish some good habits and bringing Huet back in goal. He hadn't started since April 11. Pressed into duty when
The Red Wings scored on the power play, with Zetterberg netting the man-advantage marker. The goal was just a statistic builder, really. The real aim for the Red Wings in the third period was about playing smartly and efficiently, focusing solely on the action whistle-to-whistle, trying to avoid more injuries. That was ostensibly the reason why coach
With the series at 3-1, no one expects the Blackhawks to rally and win this thing. At least, though, in Game 5 they have another chance to put this dismally disjointed effort behind them. Still, they'll have to overcome the supremely disciplined defending Stanley Cup champions, who look poised for an opportunity to defend their title, no matter who is available to suit up and play.