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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks

DRW.com analyzes Game 2 of the Western Conference Final

Tuesday, 05.19.2009 / 10:53 PM ET / News
By Michael Caples  - Detroit Red Wings Staff Writer
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Three Questions: Wings-Blackhawks
Who was the hero?

Mikael Samuelsson capped off an impressive Game 2 outing with the play of the night.  With the Wings and the Blackhawks battling in overtime, Samuelsson joined linemates Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula on a sprint up the ice.  The Wings were looking at a three-on-one advantage as Hudler brought the puck over the blue line.  The trio ended up forming a triangle, as Hudler made a cross-ice pass to Filppula.  Instead of firing a shot on goal, Filppula sent a touch pass back to Samuelsson, who was waiting for the puck just above the slot. 

Samuelsson let a rocket go, blasting the puck right past goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin for the game-winning goal.  The Swedish winger was mobbed by his teammates in the corner as the fans at Joe Louis Arena went wild.  The goal gave the Wings a 3-2 overtime victory, sending them to Chicago with a two-game lead in the best-of-seven series. 

Who’s still tearing up the score sheet?

It’s starting to look like Dan Cleary cannot be stopped.  He had the game-winner in Game 7 versus Anaheim.  He had two goals in Game 1.   And in Game 2, he extended his scoring streak to four goals in three games.  On a play all by himself, Cleary knocked down a pass right off a face-off in the Detroit end.  With a burst of speed, he grabbed the puck and took off, with no Blackhawks in sight.  Cleary rushed the puck down the ice, and fired a shot past Khabibulin for his sixth goal of the playoffs.  The goal gave the Wings a 2-1 lead, which they held onto until the third period.  Cleary finished plus-one on 16:44 worth of ice time. 

Why did this one take extra time to settle?

Chicago turned in a much better performance in Game 2 then they did in Game 1.  They finished with 39 shots on goal, one shot more then the Red Wings had.  Goaltender Chris Osgood did a great job of holding the Wings in the game, turning aside 37 of the shots he faced in the four periods.  But he didn’t have an answer for Jonathan Toews.  The Wings were able to hold the Blackhawks’ captain off the score sheet in Game 1, but he accounted for both the Chicago goals Tuesday night.  The Wings will be looking to once again hold him at bay when the series shifts to Chicago on Friday.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80