Cleary Scores Twice as Red Wings Defeat Blue Jackets

Checking-line forward Dan Cleary scored two goals Saturday night, leading the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

Cleary’s first goal came with 2:17 remaining in the first period, tipping a Chris Chelios shot from the point past Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire.

His second, a shorthanded goal, came with 5:56 left in the second period. Cleary streaked past the Blue Jackets’ defense down the left side of the ice and cut across the front of the net before lifting a backhand shot over Leclaire’s outstretched pad.

Between those goals, Ron Hainsey scored for Columbus to tie the game but Henrik Zetterberg quickly replied, putting Detroit back out in front.

Mikael Samuelsson added a goal on a delayed penalty just 1:29 after Cleary’s second.

Fredrik Norrena stopped all ten shots he faced after replacing Leclaire to start the third period. Leclair made 24 saves on 27 shots in the opening 40 minutes, while Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek made 16 saves on 17 shots.

Columbus’ lone goal came on the power play, putting them at 1-for-9 on the night. Detroit was scoreless in seven tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will be off until Wednesday night when they host the Edmonton Oilers.

Valtteri Filppula returned to the Detroit lineup after having been sent to Grand Rapids on Wednesday. Brad Norton, returning from a shoulder injury, was assigned to the Griffins to make room in the lineup.

Third-period Comeback Lifts Red Wings over Blackhawks

The Detroit Red Wings scored twice in the third period to earn a 2-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night. It was their fifth win in as many games.

Henrik Zetterberg and Robert Lang were the Detroit goal-scorers. Zetterberg’s goal was his first point in ten games, ending the young star’s surprising drought.

Zetterberg’s goal came 3:09 into the final period. Tomas Holmstrom whacked the puck on net several times from the top of the crease before Chicago netminder Brian Boucher sprawled out to knock the puck away. It came straight to Zetterberg, who put it back into the net before Boucher could get fully back into position.

Lang scored 3:10 later when a seemingly-innocent shot from the slot deflected off of defenseman Adrian Aucoin and past Boucher.

The Blackhawks had opened the scoring with 6:16 remaining in the first period when a streaking Radim Vrbata found Rene Bourque wide open to the right of Detroit goalie Chris Osgood. Verbata threaded a pass through and Bourque was wide open to put it home.

The Red Wings’ power play continued to struggle, going without a goal on five chances, including a long 5-on-3 in the second period. Their penalty kill was perfect on three tries against.

Osgood made 21 saves on 22 Chicago shots while Boucher stopped 27 of 29 shots against.

The Red Wings return to the ice on Saturday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Red Wings Extend Streak to Four Games

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late comeback by the Calgary Flames to pick up their fourth-straight win Wednesday night. Like the other three in the run, it was a one-goal win.

Brett Lebda‘s third period goal held up as the game-winner. With 8:36 remaining in the period, Lebda carried the puck down the right wing before cutting in front of defender Andrei Zyuzin and using him as a screen, putting a shot over the glove of Calgary goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to give Detroit a 3-1 lead.

Andrew Ference pulled Calgary back within a goal with 2:07 remaining, scoring on a bouncing shot that skipped over Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek‘s glove.

The Flames were unable to score on a short 6-on-4 in the final minute as the Wings held on to get the win.

Detroit had opened the scoring with two quick goals in the first period.

Johan Franzen scored 4:29 into the game after a Calgary turnover forced by Chris Chelios. Chelios got the puck to Franzen in the slot and he put a quick shot into the back of the net.

Just 1:19 later, Tomas Holmstrom scored his third goal in the last two games, knocking the rebound of a Jason Williams shot between Kiprusoff’s legs with Detroit on the power play.

The Flames got on the board with 7:31 remaining in the opening period when Dion Phaneuf picked up a power play goal.

Detroit finished the night 1-for-6 on the power play and stopped two of Calgary’s three chances with the man-advantage.

Hasek stopped 13 of 15 Calgary shots while Kiprusoff made 31 saves on 34 shots against.

The Red Wings will be back in action on Thursday night when they visit Chicago. As it will be the second game in as many nights, Chris Osgood is expected to get the start in the Detroit crease.

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