Series (Game 1 of 8)

Detroit leads 5-3

Game 1: Saturday, November 4th
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Red Wings4
Game 2: Monday, December 18th
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Blue Jackets4
Game 3: Wednesday, December 20th
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Red Wings5
Game 4: Thursday, December 28th
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Blue Jackets4
Game 5: Friday, January 19th
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Blue Jackets3
Game 6: Thursday, March 22nd
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Red Wings1
Game 7: Sunday, April 1st
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Game 8: Tuesday, April 3rd
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Blue Jackets 1

(4-7-1, 9 pts)

Red Wings 4

(9-4-1, 19 pts)

7:00 PM ET, November 4, 2006

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

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CBJ 0 1 01
DET 1 3 04

D. Cleary (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

V. Filppula (Red Wings - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 1

D. Hasek (Red Wings - G): Saves: 16, Save Pct.: .941

Cleary's first season goals carry Red Wings past Jackets

DETROIT (AP) -- Dan Cleary doesn't put the puck in the net a lot, but he made the most of his latest scoring chances.

Cleary netted his first two goals of the season, including a key short-handed effort, to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson also scored, and Dominik Hasek made 16 saves for Detroit (9-4-1), which won its sixth straight.

Ron Hainsey scored for Columbus (4-7-1) and Pascal Leclaire stopped 23 shots before being replaced by Fredrick Norrena after two periods.

The Red Wings outshot the Blue Jackets 37-17.

"We controlled most of the game and we were rewarded," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Hainsey's power-play goal tied it at 1 at 6:32 of the second period, but the Red Wings answered with three straight.

"We got back in the game early in the second and got it tied 1-1," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "But we got the next goal scored shortly after that."

Zetterberg slapped in a rebound from the left circle at 8:45, and Cleary netted his second goal on a short-handed breakaway with 5:56 left in the period.

Cleary beat everyone to a loose puck in the Blue Jackets' zone.

"I read the bounce and got a good jump on them and went in and tried to be patient," said Cleary, who had only three goals in 77 games last season. "We practice breakaways a lot. I tried to out wait him."

Samuelsson backhanded a shot in during a goal-mouth scramble with 4:27 remaining in the middle frame to cap the scoring.

Columbus, which beat Calgary at home in a shootout Friday night, couldn't put together back-to-back good efforts.

"As soon as they scored the second goal, it was over," Gallant said. "The guys stopped competing and I don't know why."

Cleary opened the scoring with 2:17 left in the first period, tipping in Chris Chelios' shot from the top of the circle along the right wing boards.

Columbus didn't register its first shot until 11:03 elapsed when Rick Nash directed a drive at Hasek from the left circle. Detroit had eight shots by that point.

"I don't know, we got away from our game plan," Leclaire said. "We're a good team when we play simple and we keep everything on the sides. We tried to do a little too much and we got caught flat-footed."

Game notes

Detroit D Mathieu Schneider missed his third straight game due to an injured groin. ... The Red Wings recalled C Valtteri Filppula from Grand Rapids of the AHL and assigned forward Brad Norton to that team. ... Columbus C Sergei Fedorov played 13 seasons for the Red Wings from 1990-2003, posting 400 goals and 954 points. He was booed every time he touched the puck. ... Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was in attendance.

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