Calgary Strikes Back, But Detroit Puts Out the Flames
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.