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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.
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
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)