Flames come up short in Game 5
Detroit used dominant play on special teamson Saturday afternoonto takea 3-2 series lead over the Calgary Flames.
Daniel Cleary — on a penalty shot — and Chris Chelios scored short-handed goals to stake Detroit to a lead they would not relinquish ina5-1 win at Joe Louis Arena.
The Red Wings also got three power-play goals — a pair from Henrik Zetterberg and a late marker from Pavel Datsyuk.
Nicklas Lidstrom was in on the action regardless of the scorer, registering four assists.
Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek made 23 saves for the win.
The Western Conference quarter-final series will shift back to Calgary on Sunday (CBC, 9 p.m. ET). The home team has now won all nine regular season and playoff meetings between the clubs.
Calgary came out with a strong first period, but turnovers andanineffectualpower-play eventually doomed them.
In addition to the short-handed goals they yielded, the Flamescould not muster a power play goal in eight opportunities.
"Special teams, at the end of the night, were obviously the difference in the hockey game," said coach Jim Playfair.
Andrei Zyuzin scored the only goal for Calgary.
The game took an ugly turn late with a series of incidents.
The Flames pulled goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, but backup Jamie McLennan was almost immediately ejected after a series of slashes directed at Detroit forward Johan Franzen.
Kiprusoff finished with 33 saves.
Both goaltenders were strong early, with Kiprusoff denying Valtteri Filppula with aright pad save andHasek stopping Matthew Lombardi on a breakaway.
Later in the first period, an apparent Detroit goal was nullified when Kirk Maltby was called for interfering with Kiprusoff.
The Red Wings outshot the Flames14-11 in the first but, for the first time in three games in Detroit, Calgarydid not trail heading into the first intermission.
"We had our chances," Playfair said. "I thought we had a good first period, thought we had two or three good chances that we didn't bear down on."
Any sense of moral victory was quashed by a trio of Red Wing goals in an eight-minute span in the second.
Detroit went ahead when Clearydeked Kiprusoff onthe penalty shot and lifted a backhander over the goaltender, who had attempted a pokecheck.
The shot was awarded after Roman Hamrlik hauled down Cleary on a short-handed breakaway.
"I knew I had to get him moving and get it up," Cleary told Hockey Night in Canada.
"We play well with the lead, we play well when we score first and it was evident again tonight," he added.
Zetterberg made it a two-goal lead with his first goal of the playoffs at 8:50 of the period. Tomas Holmstrom fed Zetterbergwith a cross-ice passthat was too quickfor Calgary's penalty killers, and Kiprusoff, to adjust to.
Chelios scored his first goal since the 2005-06 regular season, jumping into the fray after another turnover on a Calgary power play. The veteran defenceman tookFranzen's drop pass and beat Kiprusoff to the glove side for a 3-0 lead.
The Flames were unable to convert on a 5-on-3 power play late in the second. Dion Phaneuf fired two bullet shots from the point. Hasek save the first, while the other hit thepost.
"We just feel we have a good power play and a good penalty kill and just hadn't gone that way [earlier in the series]," said Detroit coach Mike Babcock.
After Zetterberg notched his second, Calgary finally scored when Zyuzin deflected Lombardi's shot into the Detroit net midway through the third. It was the defenceman's second career playoff goal.
Tempers flared often in thefinal periodeven before McLennan's outburst. Detroit defenceman Brett Lebda low-bridged Daymond Langkow with a hit, and Phaneuf and Todd Bertuzzi were tossed for a fight that more accurately resembled a wrestling match.
Datsyuk's goal finished the scoring.
Jiri Hudler was back in Detroit's lineup after being a healthy scratch in Calgary. Kyle Calder took his turn in the press box for Game 5.
Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr missed his fourth game of the series.
Cleary was injured ina strange incident minutes after his goal. The forward lost his balance and fell awkwardly near the Detroit bench, and was helped off the ice. He would eventually return to the game.