It was a different start time for the Chicago Blackhawks, a noon local puck drop as opposed to the late-night fare of the first round. And it was a different Detroit Red Wings team on the other side.
“The guys once they get into it, they don’t mind playing in the afternoon,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said before the game. “We’ve got to come prepared and anticipate a harder game from the first time.”
It officially was, and the series is officially a series. The Hawks sleepwalked all afternoon and third-period scores from Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula put it away for the Red Wings, who notched a 4-1 win in Game 2 and tied the series at 1-1 going into two games in Detroit next week.
Game 3 is Monday night at 6:20 p.m. on 720 WGN and wgnradio.com.