It was an ugly day in Motown for the young Blackhawks as they fell 5-2 to the defending Stanley Cup champs. The Bulin Wall was solid, but too many turnovers doomed the Hawks. The game could have easily been much uglier if not for some stellar saves from Khabibulin. He did give up four well struck goals and the Wings added an empty-netter in the final few moments. Kris Versteeg and Adam Burish scored the only Blackhawk goals and I won't bore you with details of the Redwings' tallies.
Basically, it comes down to this: the Blackhawks have to have better puck control if they're going to have a chance in this series. There were a lot of turnovers in the Vancouver series as well, but the Redwings are a far superior team and will take full advantage of any mistakes. I think Habby is an elite goalie, but if the more shot opportunities a team is given, the more likely it is that they will score and that's certainly a big part of what happened yesterday. Tighten up the puck control and the defense and the Blackhawks will have a shot here. If not, there will be a long offseason to think about those things for next year.