Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nhl Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nhl Roundup

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In case they weren't aware already, the Chicago Blackhawks now know they're going to have to earn it if they want to get past Detroit.

The Red Wings hammered home that message on Saturday.

Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and Detroit beat the Blackhawks 4-1 in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series.

It was a strong response by the Red Wings after Chicago handled them easily in the series opener, 4-1.

"We've got a real good club now," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "And we haven't been good all year. We've just gotten better."

Sharks 2, Kings 1 * Logan Couture scored a power-play goal 1:29 into overtime to help San Jose beat Los Angeles to pull within 2-1 in their series.

Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal early in the first period and Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Sharks, who got the penalty calls to go in their favor down the stretch in this game.

Rookie Tyler Toffoli scored the lone goal for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, who had won six straight games since dropping the first two games in the opening round in St. …

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