A practically perfectly executed game got the Detroit Red Wings the split they came into Chicago hoping to achieve.

The Wings leave the United Center this afternoon with a 4-1 victory banked on the hard work especially of their captain, Henrik Zetterberg, who had two assists. After the Wings' demonstration of how to slow down the mighty Blackhawks, the second-round series stands at 1-1 headed into Game 3 Monday at Joe Louis Arena.

Patrick Kane scored in the first period and Damien Brunner scored for the second straight game to make it 1-1 early in the second period. Brendan Smith amended for some of the high risks he takes by one-timing a pass from Henrik Zetterberg to make it 2-1 by the end of the second period.

Johan Franzen scored for the first time since Game 5 of last round in the third period, and Valtteri Filppula took advantage of some quick footwork by Zetterberg to sink a backhand that gave the Wings a three-goal lead with eight minutes to go.

The Wings had spent the previous two days recuperating and refocusing on how they have to play to be successful, on pumping themselves up by saying their Game 1 performance was indicative of tired legs after a seven-game series against Anaheim. They made good on the talk after the first minute – Jonathan Toews' line had another good opening shift, threatening around Howard, but then the Wings came in waves at Corey Crawford.

Pavel Datsyuk appeared ready to amend for a subpar night Wednesday, weaving up the middle and firing around Duncan Keith only to see the puck get kicked out by Crawford. The Blackhawks went on a power play at 10:21 when Brendan Smith was called for hooking. Howard made a quick save on a slap shot from Marian Hossa, who'd converted in Game 1 and another on Patrick Kane, and then before the Blackhawks knew it, Cory Emmerton was rushing into their zone to test Crawford on a breakaway.