- The Washington Times - Monday, May 25, 2009

— Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg scored two goals each Sunday, and the Detroit Red Wings overcame the absences of Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk to rout the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 and take a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

The defending Stanley Cup champions can clinch a return trip to the finals with a victory Wednesday at home.

The Red Wings played without six-time Norris Trophy winner Lidstrom, who was scratched with a lower body injury. MVP finalist Datsyuk missed his second straight game with a sore foot.

Johan Franzen and Valtteri Filppula also scored for Detroit, and Chris Osgood made 18 saves in two periods. The Red Wings had three power-play goals and one short-handed tally.

“There definitely was a good game today. It always hurts when you have such great players out of the lineup,” Filppula said. “We played pretty well defensively and were able to get enough goals.”

Chicago goalie Cristobal Huet, making his first start of these playoffs in place of injured Nikolai Khabibulin, gave up four goals and was pulled in the second. Rookie Corey Crawford took over for the last 15:55 of the period, but Huet returned in the third and gave up Zetterberg’s second power-play goal that made it 6-1.

Jonathan Toews had Chicago’s lone goal on a second-period power play.

Hossa scored a short-handed goal on a two-on-one break in the first, and Franzen sent the Red Wings ahead 2-0 with only 20.7 seconds left in the period with a hard and high shot from the right side.

Filppula scored on a power play a little more than a minute into the second period for a 3-0 lead.

After Toews scored to cut it to 3-1, Hossa skated in 12 seconds later and beat Huet for his second goal.

Hossa’s scoring had been missing so far in the postseason. After scoring 40 goals during the regular season, he had managed just four in the playoffs through Detroit’s 14 postseason games before Sunday.

Filppula said there would be no danger in looking past the Blackhawks in Game 5.

“It’s a great team we’re playing against, and it’s a tough series, so we have to be prepared like we were today,” he said. “Hopefully we can finish this at home, but we’ll see.”

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