NHL: Instant replay: Red Wings 5, Blackhawks 2
By Helene St. James
Detroit Free Press
What happened: Chris Osgood and Jonathan Ericsson had a miscommunication on a play that led to Adam Burish sending a backhand into the net 5:25 into the game. Dan Cleary scored at 8:23 when he took the puck away from Brent Seabrook. Johan Franzen scored his team-leading ninth goal at 16:38 of the second period. Seabrook fired the puck in from the blue line on a power play early in the third period, and Kris Versteeg tapped it in from the right side of the net. At 7:31, Mikael Samuelsson scored after he skated around in the right circle with Brett Lebda’s shot and beat Khabibulin with a wrist shot. Cleary scored again at 8:52 and Henrik Zetterberg scored into an empty net at 19:17, his third empty-net goal of the playoffs.
Overheard: Nicklas Lidstrom: “They came out with good tempo. Once we got our legs going, we started controlling the puck more in their zone.” ... Mikael Samuelsson: “They have four good lines, and we’ve got to respect them.” ... Chicago coach Joel Quenneville: “I didn’t like our game.” ... Chicago forward Jonathan Toews: “We’re going to have to work harder and be a lot smarter.”
Big Mule: Franzen had a goal and two assists for his second three-point effort of the 2009 playoffs, his other was in Game 4 against Anaheim.
Hossa OK: Marian Hossa left briefly during the third period after getting hit by Andrew Ladd. “I just needed a little breather and walked around,” Hossa said. “I was just a little shaken but I came back.”
Iron Lotus: Ben Eager attempted to hit Niklas Kronwall midway through the second period but instead flipped over Kronwall, and Eager’s skate caught Adam Burish beneath the chin, a la the famous “Iron Lotus” move from the movie Blades of Glory. “I don’t know how my head’s still connected here,” Burish said. “Looked like he did a figure skating move. I just watched it go right under my neck. I don’t know how I’m so darn lucky.
“It was centimeters, millimeters away from slicing. When I saw his skate come right up my throat, right away I grabbed my neck and said ’Something’s coming out here.’ Just a little couple drips (of blood).”
Up Next: Game 2 is Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.