Blackhawks, Red Wings have top coaches
DETROIT (AP) — Joel Quenneville has accomplished a lot in the NHL, hoisting the Stanley Cup once and with as many postseason victories as any active coach.
The Chicago Blackhawks coach, though, has never gotten past the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs.
Quenneville is 0-5 as a head coach against the Red Wings in postseason series, getting eliminated by them in 2009 to end his first season in Chicago, once with Colorado, and three times while leading St. Louis.
“When you look back over the history, obviously they’ve had a good team for a lot of years and had their Cup years,” Quenneville explained Wednesday. “I think everybody in the Western Conference was trying to get them.”
This year, Quenneville is coaching the team considered the one to beat. Chicago set a league record by earning at least a point in the first 24 games and finished the lockout-shortened season with at least five more points than every other team.
But coach Mike Babcock and the rapidly peaking Red Wings have won two straight games by a combined score of 7-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the second-round series.