The unheralded hero of the Blackhawks’ impressive 2-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday was Patrick Kane. No, he scored no goals and dished out no assists, but he played with an urgency he hadn’t displayed in some time, and on a couple of rushes up the middle he seemed to have been shot out of a cannon. Dave Bolland, for one, followed his example, and their intensity was infectious.

As the Hawks came back from an early deficit to win, neither of their goals were pretty. Rookies Jimmy Hayes and Marcus Kruger both scored on loose pucks in front of the Detroit net. Yet both had a playoff look to them—taking advantage of opportunities—and both were the product of the Hawks’ overall intensity, as they clearly took the fight to the Wings.