Detroit Grabs 2-0 Series Lead in Overtime
In the second game of the Western Conference Finals, the Chicago Blackhawks largely outplayed the Detroit Red Wings. The Red Wings were playing their fourth game within seven days and were clearly a bit zapped of energy. However, they found a way to edge the young Blackhawks team, winning the game 3-2 in overtime. The great teams always find ways to win games they shouldn't have, and Detroit now gets to head to Chicago with a 2-0 lead in the bag.
Once again it was the Blackhawks who opened up the scoring for the game. Captain Jonathon Toews scored 13 minutes into the first period on a power play goal, with assists coming from Martin Havlat and Cameron Barker. However it took less than four minutes for the Red Wings to answer with their own power play strike. Brian Rafalski grabbed his second of the playoffs with assists from stars Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk. Lidstrom moved into the all-time franchise lead for most playoff assists, with 116, just ahead of Steve Yzerman.
The Red Wings then took the lead with six minutes remaining in the second period on an unassisted Dan Cleary goal. For Cleary, it was his third straight game with a goal, making four total in that stretch, which includes the series winner over the Anaheim Ducks. The game remained at 2-1 until 12 minutes into the third, when Toews grabbed his second of the night and sixth of the playoffs. Kris Versteeg and Brian Campbell had assists on the play, and the game would make its way into overtime.
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Five minutes into overtime Campbell would have a hand in another goal, except this time in a way he surely wishes he had back. He turned the puck over leading to a 3-1 Red Wings rush. Jiri Hudler sent the puck to Valtteri Filppula, who left a drop pass for the trailing Mikael Samuelsson. Samuelsson sent the shot buzzing past Nikolai Khabibulin for his fifth of the playoffs and the 3-2 victory. Game 3 will be on Friday evening in Chicago.
By Jake Emen
ProHockey-fans.com Staff Writer
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