DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings have gotten much younger than they used to be.
And now, as the Chicago Blackhawks are finding out, Detroit is a much better team than it was during the lockout-delayed regular season thanks to its improved cast of inexperienced players.
Red Wings rookie Brendan Smith netted game-winning goal in Saturday's series-evening, 4-1 win at Chicago.
First-year player Damien Brunner and rookie Gustav Nyquist have also scored game-winning goals this postseason and teammate Joakim Andersson ranks among rookie scoring leaders.
Chicago is counting on a young, but experienced, player as the second-round series shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Monday night.
Captain Jonathan Toews, a 25-year-old center, is in an eight-game postseason scoring slump that dates to last year.

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