Blackhawks-Red Wings: Detroit Starts Out the Western Conference Finals Strong

Katie EvansCorrespondent IMay 17, 2009

DETROIT, MI - MARCH 7:  Daniel Cleary #11 of the Detroit Red Wings skates in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 7, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. The Blue Jackets defeated the Red Wings 8-2 on the strength of a hat trick by Rick Nash. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

With game one of the Western Conference Finals underway, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings played a strong game of hockey and started what should be a great series between two very strong teams. After lots of excitment and chances Detroit came out on top to take game one of the series with a final score of 5-2.

In the first period Chicago came out strong and seemed to outplay Detroit with lots of chances and great skill. It didnt take long before Andrew Burish started out scoring for Chicago to make it 1-0.

Later in the first Detroit seemed to get it together as Daniel Cleary scored a great goal as he was all alone with Khabibulin to tie it up with the first period closing.

With the second period underway both teams seemed to get it together and Johan Franzen kept his streak going with a goal to make it 2-1 Detroit.

In the third period Chicago came out strong with a mission to score and Kris Versteeg tied it up for a 2-2 score.

After that the game was all Detroit as Mikael Samuelsson started off scoring to make it 3-2 and Daniel Cleary worked towards a hat trick scoring his second of the night for a 4-2 lead.

Chris Osgood continued to play very strong and seemed to be playing as well if not better than he did in the first series against Columbus.

With one last effort by Chicago Henrik Zetterberg scored an empty net goal to help lead the Wings to a 5-2 win and a grab on the series for a 1-0 lead.

The next game between the two teams is Tuesday night which looks to be a continuation on a great series.