Cleary back to his old self

Detroit Red Wings right wing Daniel Cleary (11) celebrates his first period goal against the...

Detroit Red Wings right wing Daniel Cleary (11) celebrates his first period goal against the Anaheim Ducks during Game 1 of their NHL Western Conference quarter finals hockey playoff in Anaheim, California April 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:38 PM ET

DETROIT - Daniel Cleary has been through the wars.

Not as flashy as Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg, Cleary's contribution to the Detroit Red Wings current playoff run is of a more subtle nature.

Yet, he's still an important cog in the wheel as the Red Wings look to take a stranglehold in their Western Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks with Game 4 Thursday at Joe Louis Arena.

"He's been with us a long time and he's found his way," said Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "In 2009 he tried out for the Olympic team, that's how good he was. He was real good that summer.


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