Final OT

Detroit won 4-1 (Game 2 of 5)

Detroit won 4-1

Game 1: Sunday, May 17th
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Game 2: Tuesday, May 19th
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Game 3: Friday, May 22nd
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Game 4: Sunday, May 24th
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Game 5: Wednesday, May 27th
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Coverage: NBCSN

7:30 PM ET, May 19, 2009

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

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M. Samuelsson (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

J. Toews (Blackhawks - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Cleary (Red Wings - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Samuelsson capitalizes on Campbell giveaway to bury Hawks in OT

Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Red Wings have put the Chicago Blackhawks on notice. The defending Stanley Cup champions are two wins away from getting back to the finals, and they aren't even playing their best hockey.

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Mikael Samuelsson scored 5:14 into overtime and Chris Osgood made 37 saves, lifting Detroit to a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was relieved to win a game in which his team was often outplayed. They played for the fourth time in a week, including two hard-fought games against the Anaheim Ducks.

Fast Facts

• Mikael Samuelsson scored the game-winner 5:14 into the extra session. It's the third straight playoff game in which he's scored a goal and his second straight game-winning goal. He has now equaled his playoff total from last season in nine fewer games.

• Jonathan Toews scored twice for the Blackhawks after he had no goals and three assists in his seven previous road playoff games.

• Daniel Cleary scored his sixth playoff goal of the year and the 13th of his career. He already has the most career playoff goals for someone from Newfoundland. Cleary is also the first Red Wing to score an unassisted goal in consecutive playoff games since Gordie Howe.

• The Red Wings allowed a power-play goal for the 11th straight game, which tied the NHL single-season playoff record held by the 1989 Penguins.

• Dating to the last time they faced each other in the playoffs in 1995, the Red Wings have won four straight playoff OT games against the Blackhawks.

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"I don't think we had any legs or any pop whatsoever," Babcock said. "I thought we had good will and good determination, but no legs."

The Blackhawks had nothing to show for their grit, desire and talent. "It's a brutal loss," Chicago coach Joel Quenneville said.

The fourth-seeded Blackhawks, playing in their first conference final since 1995, now have the daunting task of beating the defending champions in four out of five games to advance.

"We want to beat them one game, the next one, and that's our concern," Quenneville said. "We should be excited about being back in the United Center to recapture some excitement and enthusiasm."

Game 3 is Friday night in Chicago.

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The Hawks and Wings have met in the postseason three times since 1992. Each time, one of the two franchises has jumped out to an commanding early series lead. Will the 2009 series end as quickly as the other two?

Year Round Leader Result
2009 Conf. finals Wings up 2-0 ???
1995 Conf. finals Wings up 2-0 Detroit won 4-1
1992 Div. finals Hawks up 2-0 Chicago won 4-0

Detroit is trying to become the first defending champion to get back to the finals since New Jersey did in 2001. The Red Wings are the last team to repeat, winning the Cup in 1997 and '98.

"This gives us a good start, but this is a team that is going to be tough to put away," Babcock said.

Detroit won Game 2 on a 3-on-1 rush, taking advantage of Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell's turnover near Detroit's blue line.

Jiri Hudler raced up the left side with the puck, pushed it to his right toward Valtteri Filppula, whose drop pass set up Samuelsson for a shot from the slot that beat Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

"I just kept skating with them," Samuelsson said. "It was a great play."

Campbell lamented his role.

"If I'd do the play over again, maybe, I'd put a little sauce on that," he said. "But I've got to make that play."

After losing 5-2 in the series opener, the young Blackhawks weren't going to get routed again.

Jonathan Toews' second goal of the game with 7:40 left in regulation pulled Chicago into a 2-2 tie. Toews gave Chicago the lead midway through the first period, but Brian Rafalski got Detroit even later in the frame. Dan Cleary made it 2-1 early in the second.

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Khabibulin stopped 35 shots.

The first two goals were scored on power plays. The final two in regulation came at even strength.

Chicago had a two-man advantage in the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead during the second half of the power play with 7:11 left in the period.

After Samuelsson left the penalty box, he failed to clear the puck out of his end. Toews was credited with a goal that went off the skate of Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.

Detroit has given up a power-play goal in a franchise-record 11 straight playoff games. It is the NHL's longest streak during one postseason in two decades.

The Red Wings tied it less than 4 minutes later. Rafalski's shot sailed past teammate Marian Hossa's stick and got by Khabibulin, who didn't see the puck because Tomas Holmstrom was perched in front.

Cleary scored for the third straight game, following up on his two-goal performance in Game 1 and his series-clinching goal against Anaheim in the conference semifinals.

Toews bounced back with a strong game after he and teammate Patrick Kane were held without a point in Game 1. Kane had two of his three shots in the opening period Tuesday after not recording a shot on Sunday.

Quenneville split up the young stars, and Detroit focused on slowing down Kane after his active start.

"He looked like he was having way too much fun," Babcock said. "I thought he should've gotten run over a few times."

Game notes

Pittsburgh allowed a power-play goal in 11 straight playoff games in 1989, according to STATS, LLC. ... Toews has six goals in the playoffs. ... Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom's assist on Rafalski's goal was his 116th in the playoffs, moving him ahead of Steve Yzerman and into first place on the Red Wings' career list. He tied Larry Robinson for fourth among defenseman on the NHL list.

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