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BIG MOMENTS - May 24, 2009: DET @ CHI

Sunday, 05.24.2009 / 1:24 PM / Conference Finals: Detroit vs. Chicago

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Detroit at Chicago - Game 4

A) Hossa's shorty - With Henrik Zetterberg sitting in the penalty box, Detroit capitalized on an error while Chicago was on the power play.

With the Hawks controlling play in Detroit territory, Patrick Sharp made a critical mistake when he was unable to keep the puck in the zone. Marian Hossa picked up the loose puck and fed Valtteri Filppula with an outlet pass, leading to a 2-on-1 in the Chicago end of the ice against the Hawks' Cam Barker. Filppula fed a perfect saucer pass over Barker's stick to Hossa, who then wristed a shot pass Cristobal Huet from the left circle.

Hossa's first goal of the series gave Detroit a 1-0 lead just 8:41 into the opening period, and showed the Wings were ready to play in Game 4 after dropping the previous game in overtime two days earlier.

B) Huet stops Wings - Detroit already held a 1-0 advantage late in the first period when the Wings put on the pressure with the extra man, peppering Cristobal Huet with a number of flurries.

Huet was up to the task, however, with his biggest moment coming with just under five minutes to go, when Brad Stuart fired a long shot from the blue line. Henrik Zetterberg deflected the blast between the circles, but Huet pushed to his right to make a sliding blocker save. The job wasn't finished yet, as the rebound bounced out to Mikael Samuelsson, who quickly wristed a shot on net, but Huet managed to square up in time, smothering the puck and keeping the Hawks within one.

C) Franzen's late goal - Applying plenty of pressure on Cristobal Huet all period long, the Red Wings built on their 1-0 lead late in the first.

After a turnover by Kris Versteeg in Detroit's end of the ice, Johan Franzen came away with the puck and skated up ice. With a full head of steam, Franzen carried the puck into Chicago's territory, and wristed a flawless snap shot through the legs of Hawks defenseman Brian Campbell, past Cristobal Huet and into the top corner of the net.

Franzen's 10th goal of the postseason came with 20.7 seconds left before the first intermission and gave the Red Wings a commanding 2-0 lead going into the locker room.
D) Filppula builds lead - Already trailing 2-0, the Blackhawks dug themselves an even deeper hole when Matt Walker took a roughing penalty after the clock ran out in the first period.

While on the power play, Valtteri Filppula controlled the play in the Chicago zone. He finagled his way around one Hawks defenseman and fed a no-look backhand pass to Marian Hossa, who quickly wristed a shot on goal. Huet turned aside the initial shot, but Filppula was there to bury the rebound into the back of the net, giving Detroit a 3-0 lead.


E) Two quick goals - The Hawks got some life on a second-period power play, when Cam Barker took a shot from the blue line and Jonathan Toews managed to put the rebound past a sprawling Chris Osgood. Toews' goal closed the gap to 3-1 with plenty of time left for a rally, but the excitement would be shortlived.

Just 12 seconds later, Marian Hossa would come up with the puck, skate down the right boards, cut across the right circle and fire a shot into the net for his second score of the game.

Hossa's tally re-established Detroit's decisive edge, and ended the day for Cristobal Huet, who would be pulled in favor of Corey Crawford. The Wings would score again, but Hossa's goal was the one that killed off the Hawks' momentum, leaving Detroit one win away from a return trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.

FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 6, Blackhawks 1









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