By Michael Calvert
Wednesday marked the first meeting of long time rivals, ex-rivals? The Hawks and Wings hadn’t played one another since Game 7 on the Western Conference semi-finals in late May.
The Hawks came out looking to bury the Wings early but as is their way so often they gave up counter strikes very soon after scoring themselves.
Marian Hossa opened the scoring with his 21st goal of the season at 8:41 of the opening period. Jonathan Toews and Johnny Oduya assisted on the Hossa strike.
Less than a minute after Andrew Shaw cleaned up a second-chance opportunity after a Patrick Kane shot rang off the crossbar to put the Hawks up 2-0 on an inferior opponent, Tomas Tatar scores the first goal for the Wings.