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Detroit team marks sixth straight victory
Star News Services
Published: Monday, November 06, 2006


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 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.

STRONG OFFENCE

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 1-1 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.

Patience pays off

"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 practise breakaways a lot. I tried to outwait 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."

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Detroit certainly played amazing on Saturday night. Nice to see Daniel Cleary get two goals. That will boost his confidence. Zetty also notched one, he looks to be back on track.

Hasek finally stepped it up. Every game except Pittsburgh this season he let in at least one weak goal. The Wings were just so dominant in the 1st period. That is the best 1st period they have had this season.
 
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