Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the host Chicago Blackhawks, 4-1, Saturday in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series.

It was a strong response by the Red Wings after Chicago handled them easily in the series opener, 4-1.

Just as the Blackhawks did in Game 1, Detroit took control in the second period and put the game away in the third. Now, the Red Wings have a chance to take the lead when this series between Original Six rivals shifts to Detroit for Game 3 on Monday.

Spezza to return

Jason Spezza doesn't have much time to return to form if the Ottawa Senators want to extend their season.

The star forward hasn't played since Jan. 27 after undergoing back surgery for a herniated disk. He'll rejoin Ottawa's lineup Sunday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Senators trailing, two games to none, to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Sharks fined $100,000

The NHL fined the San Jose Sharks $100,000 for general manager Doug Wilson's comments criticizing the league for forward Raffi Torres' suspension for the rest of the second round of the playoffs.

The NHL said the fine was issued for violating a rule prohibiting formal team statements to the media during the 48-hour period following a disciplinary decision.

- Associated Press