Balancing big-game experience with the desire for speed and chemistry is giving Canada and the United States a few things to think about.
Sharp, Smith lead Blackhawks over Red Wings
The Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings deemed the United Center's ice satisfactory Wednesday prior to Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series, despite a Rolling Stones concert the night before and high heat and humidity.
Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 Saturday in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman considers those complaints from various teams about their players receiving suspensions during the postseason as nothing more than "gamesmanship."
Chicago Blackhawks forward Ben Smith returned to practice for the first time since suffering a head injury in a preseason game last Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings.
Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason plus five regular-season games for a hit to the head of Chicago's Ben Smith.
Blackhawks forward Ben Smith is going better after taking a hit to the head, but the hit by Brendan Smith is being reviewed.
Chicago Blackhawks forwards Ben Smith and Viktor Stalberg left Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings early with injuries.