Jonathan Toews took a jab at the refereeing after Saturday's 4-1 loss to Detroit.
"There's a lot of clutch and grab, lot of interference, and if they're going to let that go, that's something we need to know," Toews said. "It's just tough to understand sometimes why we get roughing and hooking penalties, [and] that doesn't go both ways. If that's the way they're going to play, we need to play the same way." Toews added that he anticipates Game 3 in Detroit will be even more difficult for Chicago than Saturday's defeat.
Corey Crawford kicked out 26 of 30 shots in a 4-1 defeat on Saturday.
This is just the second time Crawford has allowed three or more goals in a 2013 playoff contest and, not coincidentally, the second time Chicago has been defeated in their postseason run. The pressure is now on Chicago to capture at least one of the next two games in Detroit to reclaim their home ice advantage in the second round. It's worth noting that the Blackhawks actually had a better road record in the regular season (18-4-2) than the Red Wings had home record (13-7-4).
Patrick Kane scored a goal in Chicago's 4-1 defeat Saturday afternoon.
It was Kane's first goal of the playoffs and it put Chicago up 1-0 in the first period. Unfortunately for the Blackhawks, they were unable to build off of Kane's early efforts. Michal Handzus and Patrick Sharp each registered an assist. Dave Bolland spent a team-high six minutes in the sin bin. Brandon Saad had five shots on goal, but was held off the scoresheet.
Michal Handzus will play on Saturday despite missing Friday's practice.
That's not too much of a surprise, but Handzus has now missed three straight practices. There's been speculation that he's playing through a back injury. All the same, he'll skate alongside Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp on the second line.
Viktor Stalberg won't participate in Game 2.
Stalberg was also a healthy scratch for the opening game of Chicago's second-round series against Detroit. Stalberg recently spoke to Quenneville about what he needs to do to get back into the lineup. "Nothing too different, but he wants me to produce more and be more effective out there," Stalberg said.
Michal Handzus may be dealing with a sore back.
Handzus played in Game 1 but has missed the last three practices and the rumor mill suggest that he has a sore back. Coach Joel Quenneville says that Handzus will be available Saturday for Game 2 but if he is unable to go, then Ben Smith will take his spot between Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp. Stay tuned.
Dave Bolland played in Game 1 and his linemates were happy to have the pesky center back in the lineup.
Bolland missed the final couple of games of the regular season in addition to the first round of the playoffs with a groin injury but was back between Andrew Shaw and Bryan Bickell on the third line. "We had some good chances and we felt good. It felt like we got that chemistry back," Bickell said. "For his first game back, I thought (Bolland) played pretty well. The first period for our whole team was OK, but the second and third we picked it up, and he had a good second and third, too."