Red Wings-Blackhawks, Game Five: Detroit Wins Series

Bryan FlynnAnalyst IMay 27, 2009

DETROIT - MAY 27:  Dave Bolland #36 of the Chicago Blackhawks falls over the top of Brian Rafalski #28 the Detroit Red Wings as Rafalski controls the puck during Game Five of the Western Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 27, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Game Five of the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings series was all about defense for the first two periods, as both goaltenders made great save after great save. 

Red Wings netminder Chris Osgood was great as always in goal, not allowing a goal in the first two periods.

The Blackhawks were without their starting goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin who had a lower-body injury and were forced to start Cristobal Huet.

After giving up five goals in Game Four and being pulled over the last fifteen minutes of that game, Huet came to play in Game Five. Making save after save in the first two periods, he was definitely tested as the Red Wings peppered the goal though out the whole game.

Huet’s play in between the pipes allows the Blackhawks to try to extend this series to a sixth game.

Despite Huet’s play in goal it was Detroit that struck first in the third period. A goal offf the defection by Daniel Cleary with just over the six minutes in the third gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead. Huet had no chance to make the save as defection went over the glove-side shoulder and into the back of the net.

Osgood was great in goal as well trying to get the Red Wings back in to the Finals for a second straight year. But Chicago’s Patrick Kane made the difficult backhand slap shot to tie the game at 1-1. The Blackhawks, needing a win to keep their season alive, used the goal at the thirteen-minute mark to force overtime.

The Red Wings went to work early in the overtime. The dominated puck possession in the overtime period and did not allow the Blackhawks a chance to set up their offense in the extra period.

The Red Wings kept the puck in the Chicago area of the ice as they try to finish of the young and pesky Blackhawks. Detroit finally broke through off a rebound put in the net by Darren Helm for the 2-1 overtime win.

Detroit receives the Campbell Trophy for winning the Western Conference. As they did last year, they do not touch the trophy.

Chris Osgood gave his usual solid effort by between the pipes for Detroit, as he saved 30 shots on 31 attempts in the game for the Red Wings. Huet played great in defeat as he saved 44 of the 46 shots Detroit pounds on goal.

Now the Red Wings will face the same team they beat in the Finals last year—the Pittsburgh Penguins. If they want to win the Stanley Cup once more, they will have to get healthy. They have been without stars Nicklas Lidstrom, Kris Draper, and one of the best scorers in the NHL Pavel Datsyuk.

The Red Wings will need all the players they can get as they try to keep Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin from scoring.