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BIG MOMENTS - May 27, 2009: CHI @ DET

Wednesday, 05.27.2009 / 5:36 PM / Conference Finals: Detroit vs. Chicago

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The plays that turn the tide in every game of playoff action -- that is what the beauty of hockey history is built on.

Check back every night following all the 2009 playoff action to witness NHL.com's game-changing moment from each game, as well as the rest of each game's goals, saves and hits.

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Chicago at Detroit - Game 5

A) Osgood robs Fraser - Looking to wrap up this series on home ice in Game 5, the Red Wings knew they would need a big performance by Chris Osgood. He proved he was ready early in the first period.

Patrick Kane carried the puck into Detroit's end on a 2-on-1 against defenseman Brett Lebda. Kane fed a perfect pass to Colin Fraser, who one-timed the puck on goal, only to be denied by the sprawling Osgood. Fraser, who has only played in one game in these 2009 playoffs, then grabbed his own rebound but was unable to jam the puck past Ozzie. Lebda then cleared the loose puck out of the crease.

Osgood's spectacular save just 7:54 into the game set the tone for the Red Wings.

BONUS BIG MOMENT: Ozzy denies Brouwer

B) Cleary's tip - After more than 46 minutes of scoreless hockey, Dan Clearly capitalized on a crucial Chicago error that allowed the Red Wings to take the game's first lead.

Andrew Ladd had the puck in Chicago's territory, but was unable to flip it out of the zone, allowing the Red Wings to keep play alive. After Cristobal Huet came up with a key save, Brett Lebda released a slapper from the left point. The puck found its way through traffic to the front of the net where Cleary deflected it past Huet and into the back of the net.

Cleary's eighth goal of the playoffs just 6:08 into the third period gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead.

C) Kane ties it - With their Stanley Cup hopes slowly fading away, Patrick Kane delivered an unbelievable goal to keep the Hawks alive in Game 5.

After making a quick move at center ice using his speed, Kane carried the puck along the right boards into the Detroit zone. Kane then made a subtle move to the outside against defenseman Brett Lebda before releasing a beautiful backhander that caught the short side over the shoulder of Chris Osgood.

Kane's first goal of the series shocked Joe Louis Arena and tied the game at 1-1 with just 7:07 remaining in regulation.
D) Huet saves the day - With 17 seconds remaining in regulation, Cristobal Huet kept the Hawks alive with a desperation leg save.

With Detroit attacking two-on-two after a neutral zone turnover, Marian Hossa got a step on Chicago's Duncan Keith and muscled a one-handed shot on goal. With Brent Seabrook out of the play after his diving attempt to cut off Hossa's pass, Johan Franzen was all alone in front with Huet down on his stomach. The puck pinballed to Franzen, who quickly whirled around to backhand it over Huet. Sliding backward, the French goaltender then calmly curled his leg up to stop a certain series-winning goal and get the Hawks to overtime.

BONUS BIG MOMENT 1: Huet halts Stuart
BONUS BIG MOMENT 2: Huet stands strong

E) Helm's OT winner - After pilling on 42 shots during regulation of Game 5, the Red Wings continued their outstanding play by dominating early action in overtime; they were rewarded.

Darren Helm started the play by winning the faceoff in Chicago's zone. After a near scoring chance for the Wings, Brett Lebda took a slap shot from the point that was steered aside by Cristobal Huet. But the puck bounced back off the boards right to the front of the net where Tomas Holmstrom grabbed the puck. With a lot of traffic in front of the net, Helm eventually found the loose puck and put it into the wide open net.

Helm's winner just 3:58 into overtime sent Joe Louis Arena into a frenzy as the Red Wings earned a series-clinching 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks.

FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 2, Blackhawks 1 (OT)









Playing for my favorite team growing up, I've probably scored that goal a million times in my driveway. It feels good to actually do it in real life.

— Dale Weise, who grew up a Canadiens fan, on scoring the overtime winner in Montreal's 5-4 victory against Tampa Bay in Game 1