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BIG MOMENTS - May 19, 2009: CHI @ DET

Tuesday, 05.19.2009 / 5:15 PM / Conference Finals: Detroit vs. Chicago

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Chicago at Detroit - Game 2

A) Toews catches lucky bounce - Looking to grab the momentum in Game 2 at Joe Louis Arena, Chicago captain Jonathan Toews got a little bit of luck on the power play.

After the Red Wings killed off Chicago's 5-on-3 advantage, Patrick Sharp was unable to bury a rebound despite a wide-open net. Moments later with Chicago still playing up a man, Mikael Samuelsson was unable to clear the puck as Cam Barker easily kept the play alive. Barker fed the puck to Martin Havlat along the boards, and Havlat dished it down low to Toews. Chicago's captain surveyed the ice and then threw the puck in front, where it deflected off the skate of Detroit defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and into the back of the net.

Toews' first goal of the series gave the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead with 7:11 left in the opening period.

B) Cleary in the clear - With the game still tied at 1-1, the Red Wings were able to capitalize on a Hawks mistake to take the lead with 5:54 left in the second period.

Samuel Pahlsson won the faceoff for Chicago in the Detroit zone and sent it back to Brent Seabrook at the right point. When Seabrook attempted to make a pass, Dan Cleary blocked the play, took control of the puck and sped up the ice towards Chicago's net.  The Detroit right wing ripped the puck through Nikolai Khabibulin's five-hole. 

Cleary, who was a Hawks first-round draft pick in 1997, now has three goals in this Western Conference Final series.

C) Osgood denies Hawks - Having already come up with several big saves earlier in the game, Chris Osgood was put to the test midway through the third period.

With the Red Wings leading 2-1, the Blackhawks were applying plenty of pressure in Detroit's territory. Dustin Byfuglien kept the play alive down in the corner and eventually fed a pass to Cam Barker at the point. Barker skated into the puck and blasted a shot on goal that was denied by Osgood. Then Matt Walker found the rebound and drove another shot on goal, but Osgood was there again for the Wings.

Osgood was outstanding all night long for Detroit, specifically during this 16 second span where he turned aside three consecutive Hawks shots, keeping the Red Wings ahead in the game, 2-1.
D) Toews ties it late - With the Blackhawks down a goal and looking a two-game deficit in the face, captain Jonathan Toews stepped to the forefront yet again.

With less than eight minutes to play, Brian Campbell moved the puck up to Kris Versteeg, who fired away from the left point. Toews, battling for position in the slot, showed his excellent hand-eye coordination by getting a piece of the puck and deflecting it past a screened Chris Osgood to tie the game 2-2.

Toews' second goal of the game and sixth of the playoffs silenced Joe Louis Arena and got the Blackhawks into overtime.

E) Samuelsson wins it in OT - Just 5:14 into overtime, Mikael Samuelsson brought the Joe Louis Arena faithful to their feet by finishing off a play he started himself for the game-winner.

Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell attempted a cross-ice pass just inside the Detroit zone, but Samuelsson was there to disrupt the play. He got the puck to Jiri Hudler, who led a 3-on-1 break against defenseman Cam Barker. Hudler fed the puck across to Valtteri Filppula, who dropped it for Samuelsson. The Swedish forward one-timed a shot to the short side past Nikolai Khabibulin.

Samuelsson's phenomenal effort gave the Red Wings a 3-2 victory and a 2-0 series lead.


FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 3, Blackhawks 2 (OT)









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