- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mikael Samuelsson scored 5:14 into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Chris Osgood made 37 saves for the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Jonathan Toews’ second goal of the game with 7:40 to go in regulation pulled Chicago into a 2-2 tie. Toews gave Chicago the lead midway through the first period, but Brian Rafalski got Detroit even later in the frame. Dan Cleary made it 2-1 early in the second.

Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 35 shots for the Blackhawks.

The Red Wings won the game on a three-on-one rush, taking advantage of Chicago defenseman Brian Campbell’s turnover near Detroit’s blue line.

Jiri Hudler raced up the left side with the puck and pushed it to his right toward Valtteri Filppula, whose drop pass set up Samuelsson for a shot that beat Khabibulin.

The first two goals were scored on power plays. The final two in regulation came at even strength.

Chicago had a two-man advantage in the first period and grabbed a 1-0 lead during the second half of the power play - off a skate - with 7:11 left in the period.

After Samuelsson left the penalty box, he failed to clear the puck out of his end. Toews was credited with a goal that went off the skate of Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.

Detroit has given up a power-play goal in a franchise-record 11 straight playoff games. It is the NHL’s longest streak during one postseason in two decades.

The Red Wings tied it less than four minutes later. Rafalski’s shot sailed past teammate Marian Hossa’s stick and got past Khabibulin, who didn’t see the puck because Tomas Holmstrom was perched right in front of him.

Cleary scored for the third straight game, following up on his two-goal performance in Game 1 and his series-clinching goal against Anaheim in the conference semifinals.

Toews bounced back with a strong game after he and teammate Patrick Kane were held without a point in Game 1. Kane had two of his three shots in the opening period Tuesday after not recording a shot Sunday.

Notes - Pittsburgh allowed a power-play goal in 11 straight playoff games in 1989, according to STATS, LLC. …

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom’s assist on Rafalski’s goal was his 116th in the playoffs, moving him ahead of Steve Yzerman and into first place on the Red Wings’ career list. He tied Larry Robinson for fourth among defenseman on the NHL list. …

Lidstrom played in his 227th playoff game, moving into a sixth-place tie with Robinson among defensemen. …

The Red Wings are an NHL-best 7-1 at home this postseason, losing to Anaheim in triple OT, and improved to 8-0 overall when leading after two periods. …

Osgood played in his 119th postseason game, tying former teammate Dominik Hasek and Tom Barrasso for ninth on the NHL career list.

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