Western Conference Semifinals, Game 3 (5/4/11)

The Wings and the Sharks played game three tonight of their Western Conference Semifinal series. The goalies were Howard and Niemi. Miller was out of the lineup and Draper was in.

I’m sorry to say that history repeated itself tonight. It was exactly one year ago that the Sharks beat Detroit 4 to 3 in overtime to take a 3 to 0 lead in the series. That all happened again tonight. And again, it was a game that the Red Wings could have won. They played as well, if not better than San Jose, in my opinion. I thought Detroit looked pretty good. They just got all the bad bounces and San Jose got all the good ones. That’s been the theme so far in this series, although you could argue that San Jose is having better puck luck because they’re working harder. Game one of this series was lost in overtime after the puck deflected off a Red Wing stick. Game two was another one goal game that could have gone either way. And tonight’s overtime game winner also deflected off a Red Wings stick.

Jimmy Howard has been playing very well all along. The goals he’s allowed are mostly ones that were almost impossible to stop; ether deflections or screens or just crazy bounces.

Lidstrom scored a great power play goal in the first period when Zetterberg passed backwards to him in the slot. He blistered it off the goal camera and out so fast that at first nobody was sure it was in except for Lidstrom. In the second period, Eaves scored a good hard working goal that was set up by Helm and Draper, and then Datsyuk scored a power play goal.

Setoguchi had three of the Sharks’ four goals tonight including the game winner. Dan Boyle was the other goal scorer. Boyle had the game tying goal which came with less than five minutes left in the third period.

The Wings had some good scoring chances in the overtime but couldn’t finish them. Then Setoguchi got the lucky bounce and the game was over.

Now the Wings are down three games to none and we all know how dire that situation is.

On a happier note, congratulations to Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning for sweeping the Capitals and advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.

This 4-3 loss brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to 0-3 San Jose.

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