Cal­gary Strikes Back, But Detroit Puts Out the Flames

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Red Wings 5, Flames 1

DETROIT, April 21 — The Cal­gary Flames aren’t go­ing down with­out a fight.

Daniel Cleary con­verted the first suc­cess­ful penalty shot in Detroit dur­ing the play­offs and Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg had two goals and an as­sist in the Red Wings’ 5-1 vic­tory over Cal­gary on Satur­day.

The lop­sided game took an ugly turn with a few min­utes left when Cal­gary backup goalie Jamie McLen­nan slashed Jo­han Franzen in the mid­sec­tion.

“It doesn’t be­long in hockey,” said Franzen, who said the slash shocked him more than it hurt.

The slash might lead to a stiff sus­pen­sion from the NHL, which gave the Is­lan­ders’ Chris Si­mon a 25-game sus­pen­sion for vi­ciously swing­ing his stick last month.

McLen­nan didn’t talk to re­porters af­ter the game.

“I think the league will take a look at a few things that hap­pened,” Zet­ter­berg said.

Flames star Jarome Iginla got into the act, earn­ing hook­ing and cross-check­ing penal­ties with 43 sec­onds left with ag­gres­sive stick work.

“It was re­ally about get­ting some fights go­ing at that point to Detroit’s Dan Cleary scores past Cal­gary’s Mi­ikka Kipru­soff. The Red Wings lead the seven-game se­ries, 3-2, with the home team win­ning each game. keep our en­ergy up and carry some anger into the next game,” Iginla said, sport­ing sev­eral new stitches over his left eye. “We’re not go­ing away.”

In the matchup of the West­ern Con­fer­ence’s first- and eighth­seeded teams, the home team has won each game.

The Flames, who trail 3-2 in the first-round se­ries, hope the trend con­tin­ues Sun­day night in Game 6.

“I like that we’re right back at it,” Iginla said.

Cleary, Zet­ter­berg and Chris Che­lios scored in the sec­ond pe­riod and Zet­ter­berg added an­other goal early in the third to give Detroit a 4-0 lead.

Cal­gary’s An­drei Zyuzin de­flected a shot past Dominik Hasek mid­way through the fi­nal pe­riod.

Pavel Dat­syuk put Detroit ahead 5-1 with 4 min­utes 18 sec­onds left to play, and about a minute later, Mi­ikka Kipru­soff was re­placed by McLen­nan.

McLen­nan was on the ice for only 18 sec­onds be­cause he was pe­nal­ized for slash­ing and re­moved from the game with a match penalty and game mis­con­duct.

Kipru­soff made 33 saves and Hasek had 23.

Since win­ning the Stan­ley Cup in 2002, Detroit has had a pair of first-round ex­its and one in the sec­ond round — against the Flames three years ago.

The Red Wings lost their pre­vi­ous two Game 5s — last year and in 2004 — and were elim­i­nated in the fol­low­ing game.

Stunt­ing the trend, Detroit dom­i­nated the sec­ond pe­riod by scor­ing two short-handed goals and one on the power play.

BY RE­BECCA COOK — REUTERS

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