There were times during their first-round series against the Wild when the
Despite those moments, the Hawks cruised past their under-manned foe in five games.
Memo to the Hawks: The
Looking sluggish and slow, the Hawks fell to the Wings 4-1 in Game 2 of the
"We knew they were going to play much better than they did in Game 1," Hawks captain
"We know we weren't good enough to win. We made a few mistakes on the rush, giving up pucks in the wrong areas. Last game we played smart defensively holding onto the puck and making plays in their zone. We kept it out of the dangerous areas and we didn't necessarily do that (Saturday)."
Four Wings scored and
Patrick Kane got the Hawks off on the right track with a first-period score but that was all the offense they could muster as the Wings came out on top in puck battles all afternoon.
"Maybe after the first game we thought it was going to be an easy series or we had a lot of confidence in here," Kane said in the quiet postgame dressing room. "They're a good team and they have a lot of players who want to battle and improve themselves even more than they have already. By no means is it going to be an easy series or a cakewalk."
The Wings limited the Hawks to 20 shots on goal — and just six more that missed the net — while sending 30 toward Crawford. The Wings also blocked 15 shots as they didn't allow the Hawks much space with which to work.
"This series is a long ways from over," Howard said. "It was a totally different game (Saturday). It seemed like we were able to get in on top of their 'D' and get our game plan going. After the first period in Game 1 they were all over us. Game 3, (it's going to be) whoever executes more and wants the puck more."
The series now shifts to
"We know exactly what we need to improve on and we need to do it right away," Toews said. "There's no time to waste in this series. We know going into their building it's going to be even more difficult than it was (Saturday). We'll turn the page and make sure we're better."