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Power play leads Wings to ninth straight win

Friday, 11.9.2007 / 9:58 PM ET / Recap
By Bill Roose  - Managing Editor | DetroitRedWings.com
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Power play leads Wings to ninth straight win
DETROIT – The Columbus Blue Jackets pulled into town on Friday, boasting the league’s hottest goalie and a league-best penalty-kill unit.

Apparently, the Red Wings didn’t get the memo.

Dan Cleary scored two goals and took 20 stitches to close a gash over his right eye on Friday.
Detroit got a pair of power play goals by Dan Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom, and goalie Dominik Hasek returned after a five-game absence to lift the Wings to a 4-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena. It was the Red Wings’ ninth straight win, tying a franchise mark.

As has become a Red Wings’ moniker this season, they badly out-performed their opponents in the shots-on-goal category. Detroit out-shot the Jackets, 36-16. The Wings have now held a shots advantage in 14 of 16 games.

The Wings’ firepower eventually crack the armor of goalie Pascal Leclaire, who entered Friday’s game as the league-leader in shutouts (five), goals-against average (1.12) and save percentage (.957). He is the first goalie in the modern era (since 1943-44) to record five shutouts in his first nine starts.

But the Wings’ fifth-best power play in the league managed to solve Leclaire.

The Wings (13-2-1) took advantage of former teammate Sergei Fedorov, who had a rough time during the first period. First, defenseman Niklas Kronwall stepped into Fedorov with a clean shoulder check – knocking the Blue Jackets’ center to the ice -- as he skated the puck out of defensive zone. Moments later, Fedorov, perhaps in a fit of retaliation, was whistled for holding.

On the ensuing power play, Brett Lebda took a pass from Mikael Samuelsson atop of the right circle and blasted a shot that was tipped by Cleary in front of Leclaire, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 13:00.
Kronwall, who returned to the line-up after missing four with a groin injury, enjoyed his hit on Fedorov.

“Not to bad,” Kronwall said. “I just had to keep the shifts short and just pace myself out there. Once you have a chance to hit someone out on the ice it always feels good.”

The Blue Jackets (8-5-2) began the second period with a 5-on-3 advantage for 54-seconds, and tied the score, 1-1, when the Wings had a turnover deep in their own zone. After David Vyborny stole the puck, the Jackets worked it around the zone before Rick Nash slapped a bouncing puck past Hasek from point-blank range. Fedorov was credited with an assist, just his fourth point (a goal, three assists) against his former mates since leaving Detroit after the 2002-03 campaign.

Cleary left the ice in the second period after he was struck over the right eye when Nash tried to backhand the puck out of the Columbus zone. Cleary was helped off the ice by athletic trainer Piet VanZant, who escorted the Wings’ right wing to the dressing room.

The Wings scored their second power play goal on a typical gritty goal by Holmstrom at 13:53 of the second. He picked-up the puck as it took a bounce off the boards behind the Jackets’ net before making an attempt to sweep it between Leclaire and the post. As Holmstrom took a second crack at it, Leclaire lost his balance, opening the way for Holmstrom’s ninth goal of the season; his fifth power-play tally.

“I was out there for 1:45, so it’s like a big blur,” Holmstrom said. “The shot came down and hit the boards. (Leclaire) left the post open. Luck for me, I scored there.”

Cleary returned in the third – albeit with 20 stitches and a visor – and gave the Wings a 3-1 lead. He took a pass from Kirk Maltby and tapped in his own rebound for his fourth goal of the season.

Henrik Zetterberg finished the scoring for the Wings, when he extended his franchise-best point-scoring streak to 16 games with just 88-seconds left in regulation.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 51 18 19 25 37
H. Zetterberg 52 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 51 15 17 -2 32
G. Nyquist 52 14 15 -2 29
J. Abdelkader 52 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 37 6 20 11 26
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 38 5 10 6 15
D. DeKeyser 48 6 8 12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 19 10 4 .932 2.03
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89