The physical play that started in the first continued in the middle frame, and this series is already shaping up to be a bruising one. Justin Abdelkader and Dave Bolland had been going at each other all night, and their battle eventually led to this confrontation:
Abdelkader took a roughing penalty on the play, and Bolland got two minutes for slashing.
The Blackhawks dominated in shots in the second period, 17-5, and had the overall advantage, 23-12, after forty minutes. Thanks to strong play from Howard, though, the period ended with the score still tied at one.