Columbus at Detroit

Red Wings 4, Blue Jackets 1


DETROIT -- Dan Cleary doesn't put the puck in the net a lot, but he made the most of his latest scoring chances.

Cleary netted his first two goals of the season, including a key short-handed effort, to lift the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Henrik Zetterberg and Mikael Samuelsson also scored, and Dominik Hasek made 16 saves for Detroit (9-4-1), which won its sixth straight.

Ron Hainsey scored for Columbus (4-7-1) and Pascal Leclaire stopped 23 shots before being replaced by Fredrick Norrena after two periods.

The Red Wings outshot the Blue Jackets 37-17.

"We controlled most of the game and we were rewarded," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said.

Hainsey's power-play goal tied it at 1 at 6:32 of the second period, but the Red Wings answered with three straight.

"We got back in the game early in the second and got it tied 1-1," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "But we got the next goal scored shortly after that."

Zetterberg slapped in a rebound from the left circle at 8:45, and Cleary netted his second goal on a short-handed breakaway with 5:56 left in the period.

Cleary beat everyone to a loose puck in the Blue Jackets' zone.

"I read the bounce and got a good jump on them and went in and tried to be patient," said Cleary, who had only three goals in 77 games last season. "We practice breakaways a lot. I tried to out wait him."

Samuelsson backhanded a shot in during a goal-mouth scramble with 4:27 remaining in the middle frame to cap the scoring.

Columbus, which beat Calgary at home in a shootout Friday night, couldn't put together back-to-back good efforts.

"As soon as they scored the second goal, it was over," Gallant said. "The guys stopped competing and I don't know why."

Cleary opened the scoring with 2:17 left in the first period, tipping in Chris Chelios' shot from the top of the circle along the right wing boards.

Columbus didn't register its first shot until 11:03 elapsed when Rick Nash directed a drive at Hasek from the left circle. Detroit had eight shots by that point.

"I don't know, we got away from our game plan," Leclaire said. "We're a good team when we play simple and we keep everything on the sides. We tried to do a little too much and we got caught flat-footed."


Detroit D Mathieu Schneider missed his third straight game due to an injured groin. ... The Red Wings recalled C Valtteri Filppula from Grand Rapids of the AHL and assigned forward Brad Norton to that team. ... Columbus C Sergei Fedorov played 13 seasons for the Red Wings from 1990-2003, posting 400 goals and 954 points. He was booed every time he touched the puck. ... Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was in attendance.

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Columbus (4-7-1)0101
Detroit  (9-4-1) «1304
Three Stars
D. Cleary

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0

D. Hasek

Saves: 16
Save Pct.: .941

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Scoring Summary
17:43Daniel Cleary, Tip-In - Assists: Chris Chelios, Kris Draper
06:32Power Play - Ron Hainsey, Wrist Shot - Assists: Rick Nash, Adam Foote
08:45Henrik Zetterberg (4), Slap Shot - Unassisted.
14:04Short - Daniel Cleary, Backhand Shot - Unassisted.
15:33Mikael Samuelsson (3), Tip-In - Assists: Nicklas Lidstrom,
Penalty Summary
11:10Markov: Holding - 2 min.
14:47Malhotra: Tripping - 2 min.
15:02Lidstrom: Interference - 2 min.
20:00Carter: Hooking - 2 min.
02:32Nash: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
05:21Kopecky: Interference with goal tender. - 2 min.
10:38Lebda: High sticking - 4 min.
16:15Zetterberg: Tripping - 2 min.
18:20Nash: Hooking - 2 min.
00:52Lidstrom: Tripping - 2 min.
05:03Platt: Delaying Game - 2 min.
06:29Zetterberg: Roughing - 2 min.
06:29Tollefson: Roughing - 2 min.
08:32Chelios: Tripping - 2 min.
13:34Fritsche: Holding - 2 min.
17:22Kopecky: Tripping - 2 min.
18:44Klesla: High sticking - 2 min.
Pascal Leclaire40:00234
Fredrik Norrena18:38100
Dominik Hasek60:00161
Game Information
Attendance - 20066
Referees - Brad Meier, Brian Pochmara
Linesmen - Pat Dapuzzo, Mark Pare
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