Cleary Scores Late to Lift Red Wings over Rangers

Dan Cleary scored with just 2:03 remaining in the third period on Sunday night, carrying the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.

Cleary sent a shot from along the goal line at New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. With the puck between his pads, Lundqvist spun, inadvertantly knocking it into his own net.

Kris Draper added an empty net goal with the Red Wings on a power play to close out the game.

Despite outshooting the Rangers, Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard had to keep the Wings in the game at several points.

Howard stopped New York's Ryan Callahan on a penalty shot in the second period while the Rangers still had a 1-0 lead. With the game tied in the third Howard made a series of important stops as Detroit killed off three consecutive penalties.

Brian Boyle opened the game's scoring with 4:04 remaining in the first period. Boyle tipped a pass from Christopher Higgins past Howard while Justin Abdelkader and Jonathan Ericsson miscommunicated on the backcheck.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game back up with 8:01 left in the second, putting home the rebound of a Henrik Zetterberg chance just four seconds after the end of a Detroit power play.

The Red Wings finished the night 1-for-3 on the power play. The Rangers went scoreless on four tries.

Howard made 28 saves on 29 shots against while Lundqvist stopped 28 of 30 Detroit chances.


Notes: Brian Rafalski returned to the Wings lineup after missing two games with a back injury, bumping Jakub Kindl back out of the lineup. Ville Leino was the healthy scratch up front with Brad May working back in.

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It's a rare Original Six showdown tonight as the Wings visit Madison Square Garden and the New York Rangers.

I haven't been in front of a TV in hours and there's insanely little pregame coverage of tonight's matchup on teh intarwebs so I'm going to make a couple guesses: Rafalski still out, Howard starts in net, May back in the lineup. Okay, I know that last one's true 'cause it was mentioned yesterday but I don't know who he's replacing.

The Rangers recently waived their backup so Henrik Lundqvist gets his second start in as many nights, coming off a win in Buffalo last night.

MSG hosted a basketball game this afternoon so expect the ice to be about as bad as Dallas in May of 1998. Sweet.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 6:46 PM

 

Looks like Raffy is in. And I didn't know Howard wore #35 in honor of Richter, he wore #33 in college and with GR.

Leino out for May. Odd.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 7:09 PM

 

Five on two and the Rangers go offsides. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 7:24 PM

 

Glorious chance and no one can poke it home. Gah!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 7:24 PM

 

Bertuzzi with Cleary and Abdelkader. Weird PP unit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 7:33 PM

 

There's that great defensive coverage again. Rookie mistake by Abs?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 7:36 PM

 

Abdelkader just stopped skating there. f*ck.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 12/6/2009 at 7:36 PM

 

He expected Ericsson to come over. Bad communication, wrong play. And of course they score on it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 7:44 PM

 

Aww f*ck, we'll see what happens here.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 8:03 PM

 

Way to go Jimmy!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 8:04 PM

 

Ericsson owes Howard a very large drink. Thank god for that.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 12/6/2009 at 8:04 PM

 

Not a PPG but I'll sure as hell take take it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 8:22 PM

 

Good to see Datsyuk get a goal!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/6/2009 at 8:22 PM

 

Man, that was a sh*t powerplay, but that's irrelevant now.

Posted by Britishwingsfan on 12/6/2009 at 8:24 PM

 

Ken and Mickey are tempting fate, talking about Gaborik like that. Ranger fans are saying he's about to explode 'cause he's been too quiet tonight.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 8:35 PM

 

Shanny doesn't have to show up to work until 8:30? Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 8:50 PM

 

Damn, Stuie. What a hit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 8:58 PM

 

Holy f*ck, did an intent to blow just go in Detroit's favor?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 9:22 PM

 

Puck was never in, good call.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 9:24 PM

 

I agree with your reaction! Haha.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/6/2009 at 9:24 PM

 

Cleary with the bad angle shot, 2-1!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 9:27 PM

 

I really hope this game doesn't go into overtime. It seems like all the games are going into overtime lately.

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Someone just scored! I feel like Nostradamus <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 12/6/2009 at 9:27 PM

 

Girardi stopped skating on the icing, that was bullsh*t. ENG is karmic.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2009 at 9:32 PM

 
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