NHL
Game Date Matchup/Result Breakdown
1 Sunday, May 17, 2:30pm et on TSN Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 5 Recap/Highlights | Box
2 Tuesday, May 19, 7pm et on TSN Blackhawks 2, Red Wings 3 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
3 Friday, May 22, 8pm et Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 4 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
4 Sunday, May 24, 3pm et Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 1 Recap/Highlights | Box
5 Wednesday, May 27, 7:30pm et Blackhawks 1, Red Wings 2 (OT) Recap/Highlights | Box
Red Wings win series 4-1

DETROIT RED WINGS

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Regular Season Record: 51-21-10, 112 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 4-2-0
Last Stanley Cup Win: 2008
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 2008
Last Postseason Appearance: 2008
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Pavel Datsyuk (2), Henrik Zetterberg (1), Brian Rafalski (3), Jiri Hudler(1), Johan Franzen (1), Nicklas Lidstrom (4), Nicklas Kronwall (1), Mikael Samuelsson (1), Dan Cleary (1), Valtteri Filppula (1), Tomas Holmstrom (4), Tomas Kopecky (1), Kris Draper (4), Brett Lebda (1), Andreas Lilja (1), Brad Stuart (1), Kirk Maltby (4), Aaron Downey (1), Darren McCarty (4), Darren Helm (1), Chris Chelios (3), Chris Osgood (3)

How They Got Here: The Red Wings played their first Game 7 since 2002 when they hammered the Avalanche 7-0, defeating the Ducks to advance to the Western Conference final. They played with the same urgency that saw them dominate Game 5 of the series, when they rolled four lines and forced the Ducks to stay in their own end. The Winged Wheel took care of business in the first round by rudely welcoming the Columbus Blue Jackets to the post-season party with a four game sweep.

A Reason To Cheer For The Red Wings: No team has repeated as Stanley Cup champions since…well, the Red Wings in 1997 and 1998. Virtually every member of the team owns a Stanley Cup ring, the exceptions being off-season acquisitions Marian Hossa and Ty Conklin. Ironically, both played for the Pittsburgh Penguins last season and were on hand to watch the Wings celebrate their Stanley Cup title. If the Wings do end up winning it all again, will the ageless Chris Chelios retire? (Doubtful).

What They Bring To The Table: By this point you know what you are going to get with Detroit. They are a disciplined, well coached, fundamentally sound team that can roll four lines. They sacrifice individual glory for what is best for the team, which speaks to the professionalism of those inside the organization. Thanks to their victory last year, the Wings - more than any other team - know what it takes to win. Their veteran core of Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Rafalski, Holmstrom and Osgood all have multiple Stanley Cup rings. Head coach Mike Babcock has done a fantastic job keeping his team focused this season when there could have been a serious Stanley Cup hangover. The Wings’ forwards are as good a group as you will find in the league with no fewer than five 20 goal scorers. That scoring depth was on display in the first round as it was generally the role players who provided the offence against the Blue Jackets. What truly separates Detroit from the pack is their defensive unit. Led by perennial Norris Trophy candidate Nicklas Lidstrom, the Wings blueline is absolutely stacked with a nice mix of puck movers and bangers. They are also battle tested thanks to last year’s championship run. Heading into the playoffs it appeared as goaltending was the Wings’ one weak link; however Chris Osgood answered his critics by out dueling star rookie Steve Mason in Round 1. There has to be a great deal of personal satisfaction for Osgood who repaid Babcock’s loyalty to him. If Ozzie is back to championship form than the Wings are an odds-on bet to repeat.


CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

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Regular Season Record: 46-24-12, 104 pts
Head-to-Head Record: 2-2-2
Last Stanley Cup Win: 1961
Last Stanley Cup Final Appearance: 1992
Last Postseason Appearance: 2002
Players with Stanley Cup Rings: Andrew Ladd (1), Sammy Pahlsson (1), Nikolai Khabibulin (1)

How They Got Here: The Blackhawks earned their first trip to the Conference Finals since 1995 when they beat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Western Conference semis. This comes on the heels of their first playoff series win in 13 years when they took out the Flames, 4-2, in the first round. Durinig the Canucks series, the Hawks found ways to win without their stars producing. Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Jonathan Toews had just one assist between them in the first three games but combined for five goals in Game 6. This might not be an option against the Red Wings, who have the best skill and experience in the league.

A Reason To Cheer For The Blackhawks: The re-emergence of hockey as a major sporting presence in the past year in the Windy City has been nothing short of stunning. The once apathetic fan base has become re-vitalized, thanks in large part to John McDonough and Rocky Wirtz. In addition, the Hawks are an exciting young team that loves to attack with a pair of charismatic superstars in Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

What They Bring To The Table: The transformation of the Blackhawks organization over the past year has been remarkable. The once cavernous United Centre is now packed to the rafters with rabid fans who have waited patiently for their team to return to respectability. The team on the ice has not disappointed, earning their first playoff berth in seven seasons. The Blackhawks can throw out a plethora of scoring options as Kane, Toews, Martin Havlat, Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg all broke the 20-goal barrier. Chicago gets plenty of offensive contributions from their blue line, thanks to the offensive instincts of Brian Campbell, Duncan Keith, Cam Barker and Dustin Byfuglien. Also working in the Hawks' favour is the fact that they have a playoff-tested goaltender in Nikolai Khabibulin, who captured the Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004. While the Blackhawks' youth movement is extremely talented, they are not exactly battle tested. The majority of their key players have little or no NHL playoff experience. The trade with the Ducks that saw Chicago acquire Sammy Pahlsson was a masterstroke as his valuable experience gained in Anaheim's Stanley Cup run will be crucial for the green Hawks. This does not appear to be a team that is ready to lift Lord Stanley's chalice, but they could be a very tough out.

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