I figured there's not enough Dan Cleary threads around, so we should have another one Quite simply, what was your favorite Dan Cleary moment or play?
For me, there's always been one answer, and it is the penalty shot goal he scored on Kiprusoff in game 5 of the 2007 WCQF.
If you remember, the Wings had choked in the playoffs the previous three seasons, as a higher seed playing against a lesser seed. The season before, we had been embarrassed by an 8 seeded Edmonton team. Once again, in 2007, the Wings were the top seed heading into the postseason. We beat Calgary the first two games at home, but they tied it at 2-2 in Calgary. Coming back home, everyone thought the Wings were on their way to another choke against an 8 seed. There was a lot of tension and panic around (and I wasn't even on LGW then).
The game was 0-0 in the 2nd period, until Cleary got a penalty shot. This is what happened next.
We went on to win that game comfortably and the next game in double OT, and went to the WCF. It's technically not the biggest goal he scored for the Wings (the one against Anaheim was), but the Wings needed that goal, because we might have been facing another choke job in the first round and a possible dismantling of the team. It was also a great move against a top goalie.
What's your favorite Cleary play?
Edited by GMRwings1983, 14 July 2014 - 01:54 PM.