Cleary Scores Twice as Red Wings Earn Game One Win over Blackhawks

Dan Cleary picked up the Western Conference Finals where he left off the previous round, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a win.

Cleary scored the game-winning goal in Game Seven against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday, then moved on to score twice against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday to carry Detroit to a 5-2 win.

His first goal was a wrister from the left circle, beating Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin over the shoulder at 8:23 of the first period. Cleary created the play himself, stealing the puck from Brent Seabrook at the Detroit blue line and racing down the left wing boards.

Cleary's goal knotted the game up at one, as the Blackhawks had taken an early lead when Adam Burish capitalized on a miscommunication between Chris Osgood and Jonathan Ericsson to steal the puck and slip it between Osgood's pads just 5:25 in.

Johan Franzen put the Red Wings into the lead with 3:22 left in the second, beating Khabibulin on a wraparound.

Kris Versteeg tied the game, banging home a rebound from the side of the net on a Chicago power play at 3:12 of the third period.

Mikael Samuelsson put Detroit back in front 4:19 later, snapping a shot from the right faceoff dot past Khabibulin for a 3-2 lead.

Cleary added his second 1:27 later, tipping a Franzen shot in behind KHabibulin.

Henrik Zetterberg added an empty net goal to finish off the Blackhawks, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead in their series.

Osgood finished the game with 30 saves on 32 shots against. Khabibulin stopped 38 of 42 Detroit shots.

Game Two will be Tuesday night from Joe Louis Arena.

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Youth meets experience... Two and a half hours till the puck drops!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/17/2009 at 12:18 PM

 

Hawks with pressure early. Wings looking a little tired.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 3:24 PM

 

Oh Jesus Christ. You are f*cking kidding me.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 3:28 PM

 

That was all Ericsson with a stupid pass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 3:28 PM

 

Cleary says "Don't you wish you still had me now, bitches?!"

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 3:34 PM

 

I am excited that Cleary got the (Wing's) first goal of the game. That's a good sign, considering how they started out sloppy.

(+Wings <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> )

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 3:34 PM

 

I am excited that Cleary got the first goal of the game. That's a good sign, considering how they started out sloppy.


I assume you mean first Wings goal. 'Cause that great shot just makes up for the clusterf*ck that put the Wings behind in the first place.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 3:38 PM

 

Yes. Baaaah. I am terrible at multi tasking. Thanks for pointing that mistake out!

I think they look a little better now. At least it doesn't take two whole periods to catch up like when they were playing the Ducks. I forgot to say that, too <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 3:41 PM

 

Power play, could be big.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 3:44 PM

 

Well that didn't work. Pace is insane right now.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 3:50 PM

 

Wings obviously got off to a bad start but turned it around pretty well. Definitely a better first period than I expected after last round.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 3:57 PM

 

It's nice not feeling uneasy the whole period. Hahaha. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

It would be cool if the Wings swept the Hawks, but I doubt that will happen.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 4:00 PM

 

It's funny how much quicker the games are when you're not playing a team that stands around waiting for you to come by so they can cross check you...that and not playing a team whose goalie would hold the puck even if it was on fire and pretend he hit his head on the net and is paralyzed.

Posted by drwmike33 on 5/17/2009 at 4:01 PM

 

Yeah, I definitely like the style of play this game compared to last round.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 4:03 PM

 

Wow. Khabibulin came up huge there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 4:19 PM

 

that and not playing a team whose goalie would hold the puck even if it was on fire and pretend he hit his head on the net and is paralyzed.


That is classic <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />Hopefully they can score on this powerplay? They are certainly getting some chances. And you can only tell because of the NBC announcers extreme change of volume in their voices.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 4:19 PM

 

Wow. Khabibulin came up huge there.


For once he looks like the "Bulin Wall"

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/17/2009 at 4:31 PM

 

Five-hole is not Khabibulin's weakness, guys. Gotta change it up.

Posted by catmandu on 5/17/2009 at 4:32 PM

 

Franzen! Wings in front!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 4:41 PM

 

Nice job, bitches.

We never score on the wraparound.

Posted by catmandu on 5/17/2009 at 4:41 PM

 

Yeah, I can't believe that worked.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 4:42 PM

 

I know I'm delayed, but I don't think the Wings would have gotten very far without Franzen this year <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> Or last year, either.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 4:48 PM

 

Yeah, glad to see the Mule signed for a billion more years.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 4:49 PM

 

Just played seven games where that wasn't a penalty.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:06 PM

 

Goddamnit. God f*cking damnit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:08 PM

 

sh*t...Ozzie was screened

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/17/2009 at 5:08 PM

 

Damn. That sucks ):

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 5:09 PM

 

Hossa got leveled there.

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/17/2009 at 5:13 PM

 

Nobody's getting to any rebounds.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:13 PM

 

Wings get the lead back!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 5:15 PM

 

Mikey!

I swear to God, as he got the puck there I said "Come on Sammy, this is your time."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:15 PM

 

M-I-K-E-Y!!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/17/2009 at 5:15 PM

 

Redwings.com has a live chat feed with an "official Redwings play by play" complete with Q and A and stats. It's pretty sweet. Def. something to check out if anyone's interested. NBC has a little delay too, because the feed called the goal about 30 seconds before I saw it on TV.

Posted by drwmike33 on 5/17/2009 at 5:18 PM

 

That was a beautiful tip!

Posted by catmandu on 5/17/2009 at 5:20 PM

 

Franzennnnn (did the work for that)! Good goal <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 5:20 PM

 

Oh my. That was nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:20 PM

 

And now Zata! Up by two!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/17/2009 at 5:21 PM

 

Oh what a stop! That last grab was fantastic.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:25 PM

 

Damn, that was almost Arby's right there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:35 PM

 

Anyone else know that Ben Eager is #55 for Chicago but still think of Eric Daze?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:39 PM

 

Zetterberg gets the empty net goal.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 5/17/2009 at 5:42 PM

 

Zata with another ENG. Wecome to the Western Conference Finals, bitches.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:42 PM

 

One down. *whew*

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 5:45 PM

 

Seven to go...

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/17/2009 at 7:23 PM

 

Seven to go...


well all those Wing's haters that said the Hawk's would skate all over us the Wing's responded witth a huge we don't think so great game we had a few moment's that they were chargin hard the Ericcsson miscue early..... but overall they were good and i think the message was sent to the Hawk's of you better bring your A game.... also holding Toews and Kane to 0 point's and 0 shot's for Kane was a phenomenal effort hell i think Toews only had 3 shot's i like seeing number's like that for those 2

Posted by bigred4478 on 5/17/2009 at 8:20 PM

 

I didn't get to see the game...does anyone know of a source for a replay? NHL.com?

Posted by OldBroad on 5/17/2009 at 8:32 PM

 

I didn't get to see the game...does anyone know of a source for a replay? NHL.com?


i'm not sure if FSN did any coverage as i don't have cable but if they did they usually show the game again later in the night 1 or 2 a.m. check the listing's <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":D" border="0" alt="biggrin.png" />

Posted by bigred4478 on 5/17/2009 at 8:56 PM

 

NHL.com does have a highlights video...better than nothin'.

Posted by OldBroad on 5/17/2009 at 9:08 PM

 

I don't know of anyone with a full replay right now. I would have recommended the NHL.com highlights as FSN won't have any coverage. From here on out it's exclusive to NBC and Versus in the US.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 5/17/2009 at 10:02 PM

 

Thank God! FSPT was killing me!

Posted by SYfanSD on 5/18/2009 at 12:19 PM

 
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