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Western Conference Semifinals, Game 7 (5/12/11)

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The Red Wings epic comeback and their season came to a heartbreaking end tonight in San Jose. The Wings played well overall but the Sharks owned the first period and it proved to be too much to overcome for Detroit.

Jimmy Howard and Antti Niemi continued to play incredibly well. The defense was phenomenal both ways. It was hard for both teams just getting the puck out of their own end let alone into the other team’s end. It was another very tight game.

Setoguchi scored first and then Couture scored a last minute goal at the end of the period. The Wings were playing alright in the first period but the Sharks were really pumped up and, with the crowd behind them, they had lots of jump.

The Red Wings mostly dominated the second and third periods and had a lot of scoring chances. Zetterberg scored with a great backhand shot in the second, but then in the third Marleau scored to give the Sharks the two goal lead again. Datsyuk scored a few minutes later and from then on it was a flurry of scoring chances for the Wings but they weren’t able to get the game-tying goal.

It didn’t help losing Bertuzzi early in the game and then losing Cleary in the second period. It was later announced that they both had concussions. Bertuzzi was hit in the chin with Heatley’s helmet and Cleary collided with Hudler catching his elbow in the head. It was some bad luck for the Wings as those guys could have really made a difference in this game.

It was a disappointing outcome considering that a win would have been absolutely historic.

It was also tough to lose this series because overall I thought the Wings were the better team. Detroit won three games in regulation. San Jose won only two in regulation and their two overtime wins both came from goals that deflected in off Red Wings’ sticks. These are two very good teams and they’re very evenly matched. It made for some great hockey but it would have been a lot more enjoyable if the Wings had come out on top.

That does it for another season of Red Wings hockey. It was a great year and the Wings are in good shape to be a top contender again next year.

Now we can all root for the Tampa Bay Lightning and hope to win vicariously through Steve Yzerman.

This 2-3 loss finishes this Western Conference Semifinal series at 3-4 San Jose.

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 6 (5/10/11)

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

The Red Wings faced elimination for the third game in a row tonight as the Sharks were at Joe Louis Arena for game six. The goalies again were Howard and Niemi. Franzen was out with a bad ankle so Modano was in the lineup tonight. Also, Draper was out and Hudler was back in for this game.

The Wings were in charge of this game from the first drop of the puck until the final horn. It was the most dominating performance I’ve seen in a long time. Every other game in this series has been very even, but not tonight. The only problem was that all that domination didn’t translate into goals. The Wings had tons of incredible scoring chances and weren’t able to convert. Niemi made some great (and some lucky) saves, and the Red Wings missed a lot of wide open nets.

For the first two periods there were no goals. It felt like it should have been about three to nothing Detroit, but the Sharks just kept hanging around. Then, early in the third period, Couture banged a puck by Howard and it just barely crossed the goal line giving the Sharks the lead with the first goal of the game. It felt like a terrible injustice with the way the Wings had been playing.

It had no effect on the Detroit bench. They just kept plugging away and showed no signs of concern let alone panic.

Then Kronwall came off the bench and fired a shot from the high slot after a nice feed from Filppula. Zetterberg tipped the puck in front of the net and deflected it by Niemi tying the game.

A few minutes later Datsyuk fed one across the front of the net to Filppula who tapped it in, giving the Red Wings the well-deserved lead.

Detroit kept up the pressure and San Jose pulled their goalie near the end. Helm got the puck just across center and fired one for the empty-net insurance goal. And the Red Wings hung on for the win.

They did it again. That’s three elimination games in a row that the Wings have survived. The Sharks have to be shaking their heads. It’s no mystery how the Wings won tonight though. They were clearly the better team for the entire game. Howard was amazing. Datsyuk also continued his domination all over the ice. The whole team played and skated as well as I’ve seen all year.

Now the series is all even and will be decided Thursday night in San Jose. All that’s left is for the Red Wings to cap an epic comeback and move on to the next round. Let’s go Red Wings!

This 1-3 win brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to a 3-3 tie.

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 5 (5/8/11)

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

The Red Wings were in San Jose tonight for game five with the Sharks. This was the second elimination game for the Wings in this series. The goalies were Howard and Niemi. Hudler was out tonight and Miller was in.

The first two periods, and the first minute of the third period, were almost entirely dominated by San Jose. The Red Wings were getting badly outworked, outshot and outscored. Jimmy Howard kept the game close with one spectacular save after another. Setoguchi scored a tip-in goal in the first period. Then Pavelski scored in the second with a wicked shot. The Wings answered shortly after that with a great goal by Kronwall to keep them within a goal.

In the first minute of the third period Couture scored and gave the Sharks the first two goal lead of the game. The Wings didn’t get discouraged but they did get going. Detroit went to work on the Sharks and you could almost feel the momentum shift.

It started with a goal by Ericsson who was deep in the slot and picked up a rebound to get the Wings back to within a goal. Then Cleary took the puck down below the net on a wrap-around and banged away at it near the post until he shoved it in and tied the game.

In the second half of the third period Lidstrom fired a shot that Holmstrom tipped in front of the net and deflected it by Niemi giving the Wings the lead for the first time in the game. Detroit killed off a penalty and managed to keep the Sharks from scoring for the rest of the game.

This was a game that Jimmy Howard stole for his team. The Sharks had this game all but won and the Wings came back and snatched it out from under them. It wouldn’t have even been close if not for the superb play of Howard. Datsyuk was excellent even though he’s playing hurt. Franzen was struggling and landed awkwardly on his ankle a few times. He sat through much of the second half of the game.

The Sharks’ early domination was mostly due to their incredible defensive play. Detroit couldn’t get anything going at all. San Jose was all over them and when Detroit did manage to get a shot off it was often blocked. I don’t know what changed but in the third period things started clicking for the Wings. I think maybe the Sharks backed off a little. Either they were getting tired or they were just playing more conservative defensively. Or maybe Detroit just stepped it up that much more. In any case it was a great come from behind win for the Wings. This forces game six on Tuesday in Detroit. Hope lives…let’s go Red Wings!

This 4-3 win brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to 2-3 San Jose.

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 4 (5/6/11)

Friday, May 6th, 2011

The Red Wings and the Sharks played the fourth game of their series tonight with the Wings facing elimination for the first of (hopefully) four times. The goalies were Howard and Niemi. Babcock went with the same lineup as game two so Draper was in and Miller was out.

The Red Wings knew how desperate their situation was tonight but they showed no sign of panic. Both teams are very professional and have a lot of playoff experience, so I don’t think you’ll see any signs of either team being rattled. The Wings came out and played a very determined and grinding type of game. There were momentum swings but I thought Detroit was the better team for most of the night. They outshot the Sharks in each of the three periods and ended up with 40 total shots to the Sharks’ 28.

The Red Wings jumped out to the early lead scoring three goals in a row in the first period. Bertuzzi scored first with a beautiful wrist shot. Then Lidstrom scored with a great slap shot. Those were both even strength goals. Then Lidstrom scored a power play goal by knocking the puck out of the air and one hopping it into the net. Just fifteen seconds after their third goal the Sharks answered with a tip in goal by Couture. That took a little wind out of the Red Wings’ sails. They went to the dressing room up three to one after the first period.

Dan Boyle scored in the second period and then Heatley scored early in the third and tied the game. The third period was a grind with the Red Wings attacking the Sharks almost the entire time. Finally, with about a minute and a half left in the game, Helm and Eaves teamed up for a great goal that Helm scored with a wrist shot. It was the culmination of a lot of hard work at a point in the game where it was essentially sudden death. The Wings hung on to that one goal lead and won the game three to four.

So step one of the comeback is complete. The Red Wings have survived the first elimination game. Now they just have to do the same thing three more times, including two times in San Jose. They stand a better chance than most teams that have been down three games to none throughout history because of the fact that they are evenly matched with their opponent. Usually when a team loses the first three games it’s because the other team is much better. That’s not so in this case. These teams are very close. All the lucky bounces went the Sharks’ way in the first three games. Hopefully, that’ll even out before the end of the series. So far, so good in game four.

This 3-4 win brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to 1-3 San Jose.

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

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

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.

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 2 (5/1/11)

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

The Red Wings and the Sharks played game two this afternoon. Jimmy Howard and Antti Niemi were the starting goaltenders once again.

The Sharks dominated the game today. The Red Wings didn’t really look effective at all until the third period. The Sharks did a great job of shutting down the Wings. They disrupted the Red Wings game, and got lots more shots on goal. The shot total ended up being pretty close by the end but that was a little bit misleading because in the second period the Sharks had 19 shots to the Red Wings’ 9. Detroit also took a lot of penalties and San Jose’s first goal was scored on the power play.

Jimmy Howard was excellent in net but the Red Wings offensive production was all but eliminated by the Sharks.

The goal scorers were Ian White and Niclas Wallin for the Sharks. Zetterberg finally scored one for the Wings well past the halfway point of the third period. It was a nice goal but they weren’t able to get another one to tie the game.

The series now heads back to Detroit for game three. Hopefully, the Wings can build on the production they had at the tail end of this game and get the series back to even. They’re going to have to find a way to get around the Shark’s defense because so far they’ve been nearly perfect.

This 1-2 loss brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to 0-2 San Jose.

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 1 (4/29/11)

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Round two finally got underway for the Red Wings tonight after what seemed like an eternity of down time. The rest was just what the doctor ordered for Franzen and Zetterberg who were both back in the lineup tonight. Draper and Modano were healthy scratches. The goalies were Howard and Niemi.

The Red Wings scored the opening goal in the first period when Datsyuk made a nice feed to Lidstrom in the slot. Lidstrom slapped it past Niemi to give the Wings the first lead of the series. For the rest of the game Jimmy Howard faced a barrage of shots from San Jose. For the most part though, I thought the Sharks’ chances were not very dangerous. Even though the Wings were outshot for most of the game, I felt like they had the better opportunities to score. Jimmy Howard was superb and the Red Wings defense did a great job of keeping the Sharks to low percentage shots.

In the third period Bertuzzi was called for boarding. It was a marginal call and I thought Pavelski overreacted. It certainly wasn’t flagrant, but Pavelski reacted like he’d just been hit in the back with a sledgehammer and collapsed into the boards in a heap. It’s amazing how getting hit up high can make your legs give out like that. Of course the San Jose broadcasters from CSN didn’t have a problem with the call. They also blind to Pavelski’s knee hitting Jimmy Howard in the head earlier in the game. No matter how many times they watched the replay all they ever saw a simple snow shower. The knee wasn’t that bad in my opinion but neither was Howard’s shove afterwards. I would have had no problem with them not calling anything on the play but if they’re going to call one it’s only fair that they should call both, which is what they did. The CSN crew seemed to think that only Howard should have been penalized. I don’t know why broadcasters in certain markets feel the need to spin things like that; as if their viewers can’t handle the truth. In Detroit you can tell that they want the Red Wings to win but they also want the game to be called consistently and fairly. Mickey Redmond will routinely complain about bad calls even if they favor the Red Wings, and rightly so. Nobody wants to win a game because of a bad call. These guys from San Jose seem to think it’s part of their job to skew everything to favor the Sharks. The broadcasters in Nashville are notorious for that as well, but I digress. Pavelski went on to score during the ensuing power play and tie the game for the Sharks.

The tie held until the end of regulation. In the overtime period Abdelkader was called for an accidental high stick that didn’t look all that violent but apparently drew blood because he got a double minor. The Wings managed to kill off the four minute penalty. Shortly after that Ferriero threw a puck towards the net. It deflected off of Kronwall’s stick in front of Howard and went into the net giving the Sharks the win in game one. Ferriero was a last minute addition to the Sharks’ lineup and it was his birthday so it was quite a special night for him to get the game winner in OT.

I thought the Red Wings played pretty well tonight and just got a bad bounce at the end. They had a good start to the game, Howard was excellent and, although they were badly outshot, I thought they did a good job of limiting quality scoring chances. They need to generate more offensively, especially considering that Niemi has been inconsistent in the playoffs. He was pulled twice in the first round. The Wings have a lot that they can take from this game and build on for game two.

This 1-2 loss brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to 0-1 San Jose.

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 5 (5/8/10)

Saturday, May 8th, 2010

Tonight it was the second do or die game for the Red Wings in this series against the Sharks. After the pummeling delivered by the Wings in game four the Sharks were expected to show some serious push back. The starting goalies were Nabokov and Howard. Brad Stuart was a game time decision. Luckily he was able to go so he was in the lineup tonight after taking a hard hip check from Blake and missing most of game four. Lebda was also in the lineup tonight as an extra defenseman.

The first period was mostly all San Jose. They applied a ton of offensive pressure. The shots were 15 to 6 in favor of the Sharks. Jimmy Howard was superb however and the Wings weathered the storm. The bounces were going the Red Wings’ way as there were several chances where the Sharks missed the net or had the puck jump over their sticks. The penalties were going against Detroit though. There were only two penalties in the first period and both went against Franzen. The second one still had 27 seconds which carried over to the second period. I think the Red Wings were pretty happy just to have escaped the first period without giving up a goal.

The Wings killed off the rest of the penalty to start the second period. Then they started to generate a little offense of their own. Rafalski shot from the point with Bertuzzi screening Nabokov. The puck hit the post and went in. So although San Jose had played better to that point, the Wings had the lead. The can be very demoralizing for the other team.

Than a few minutes later Stuart was called for elbowing. Demers shot from the point and the rebound came to Thornton who popped it home for the game tying goal.

The rest of the second period was pretty much all Red Wings. Detroit had more power plays in the second period and were able to pull even and then take the lead in shots on goal. There were a few sequences where they came extremely close to scoring. They were getting lots of traffic in front. In spite of the heavy effort level though, the tie held to the end of the second period.

In the third period Pavelski had a breakaway against Kronwall who missed the puck and then got turned around. He hooked him to prevent the scoring chance and Pavelski was awarded a penalty shot. He came to the net with speed and missed high over the crossbar on Howard’s glove side.

Later in the period Franzen was hit in the head by Murray and leveled. He was down for a while but most of it took place during a TV timeout. There was no penalty on the play. After the TV timeout the Wings had the faceoff in their own end. Rafalski ended up with the puck behind the net. Heatley pressured him enough to free the puck and it went to Thornton. He passed to Marleau in front who quickly shot and scored to break the tie.

A few minutes later Stuart laid a big hit on Murray from his blindside and stunned him pretty good. At least he was paid back for the hit on Franzen.

The Red Wings stepped it up even more. The hitting was ferocious and there were many dangerous scoring chances. They pulled the goalie with a little over a minute and a half left. Then with about 50 seconds left Boyle was called for holding so the Wings had a 6 on 4 for the rest of the game. It was a valiant effort but the Red Wings were not able to tie the game and Sharks clinched the series.

The Wings played a great road game tonight but it just wasn’t enough. They started out on their heels in the first period but they weathered that storm and then took over in the second and third. This was an extremely close series. Every Sharks win was very close.

So ends this season for the Red Wings. They faced a ton of adversity this season and in the end I think they emerged even better.

Probably the best thing to come out of this season was the blossoming of Jimmy Howard. He already played like a veteran and now he has playoff experience as well. He knows what it takes to win in the playoffs and he’s experienced losing. I have very high hopes for the future with him in net.

This 1-2 loss finishes this Western Conference Semifinal series at 1-4 San Jose.

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 4 (5/6/10)

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

It was do or die for the Red Wings tonight. They faced the Sharks at Joe Louis Arena down three games to none. Lebda was out of the lineup tonight and Lilja was back in. Also, Jason Williams was out and Ritola was in. The goalies were Howard and Nabokov. Babcock also did some line juggling for this game. Datsyuk was on a line with Filppula and Holmstrom, and the second line was Franzen, Zetterberg and Bertuzzi.

In the first minute of the game Detroit was called for too many men on the ice. Luckily the Red Wings were able to kill it off.

Then Brad Stuart took a hit from Rob Blake. It was a hip check that caught him right in the thigh. He left the ice right afterwards and then left the bench.

A few minutes later the Red Wings had their own power play when Helminen tripped up Lidstrom. The Sharks almost killed it off but with just a couple of seconds left Zetterberg passed the puck to Franzen with Bertuzzi in front of the net. Franzen shot it and it hit Bertuzzi’s leg and went in. That gave the Red Wings the all important first goal and the early lead in the game.

Later in the first, Zetterberg passed it Franzen in front of the net. It was in tight and it hit Franzen’s skates. The puck bounced behind him and he quickly turned around and shot it. Nabokov had no chance, the net was wide open. That made it two nothing Red Wings. The Sharks thought there should have been goalie interference called because there was contact between Franzen and Nabokov. I’m actually surprised they didn’t call it. Nabokov was outside the crease but Franzen did bump into him. It wasn’t a hit though, he just brushed into him.

Just past the halfway point of the first period Bertuzzi had the puck in the zone and waited for Franzen to catch up. He dished it behind him to Franzen who ripped one that beat Nabokov cleanly for a top shelf goal over the glove. That made it three to nothing Red Wings very early in the game. The fans threw hats because the first goal was awarded to Franzen on the ice but it was clear that it hit Bertuzzi so Franzen really only had two.

Just a few seconds later Franzen took another shot but Nabokov stopped it. The rebound came back to him and he shot again and once again scored! So the hats were justified after all and Franzen bagged the rare natural hat trick which is three consecutive goals by one player. That made it four to nothing Wings and there was still over nine minutes left in the first period.

Mickey Redmond said before the game that Franzen needed to step it up. I guess he got his wish!

As the end of the period was approaching Filppula and Holmstrom were in the corner in the Sharks’ end battling for the puck. Dan Boyle tried to backhand the puck to Murray in front of his own net. Instead it bounced off Murray and went toward Nabokov. It hit him and bounced into the net making it five to nothing. That was some seriously bad luck for Dan Boyle who put the puck in his own net during the previous series against Colorado, although that one was also redirected. Filppula got credit for the goal since he was the last Red Wings to touch it.

At the start of the second period they announced that the first goal was officially changed to Bertuzzi and also that Franzen had broken the Red Wings’ record for most points in a period with four. Also, Nabokov was given the rest of the night off and McClellan put in Thomas Greiss.

Early in the second period the Red Wings had a power after Helminen was called for tripping. Rafalski made a nice play to start the rush and passed ahead to Bertuzzi then went up towards the wing. Bertuzzi passed it back to him and he one timed it into the net to make it six nothing. Greiss got a piece of it but not enough to stop it.

Later in the second San Jose had a 5 on 3 power play after Kronwall was called for interference and Lidstrom was called for hooking. Heatley wound up and ripped one by Howard to get the Sharks on the board and then still had over 1:40 of power play time left. The Wings killed off the rest of the power play.

In the third period things got a little ugly. Thornton dumped Holmstrom after the whistle and Franzen came in to defend him. There were a few punches thrown between Thornton and Holmstrom and they both went to the box.

Later, on the power play Lidstrom shot and broke Bertuzzi’s stick as he tried to deflect it. The puck bounced to Franzen who scored again. That was his fourth goal and sixth point which set the Red Wings’ record for most points in a playoff game and tied him with Crosby as the points leader of this playoff season.

Throughout the rest of the third period there were tons of penalties as things got a little chippy. Three game misconducts were handed out to the Sharks and there were a few fighting majors as well.

The final score was seven to one. It doesn’t get much better than that.

The Red Wings were incredible in this game. Led by Franzen, along with Bertuzzi and Zetterberg, and with their backs to the wall, the Wings came through with one of the best games I’ve ever seen them play.

Now they just have to do it three more times. After the way they played tonight it doesn’t seem so farfetched.

This 1-7 win brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to 1-3 San Jose.

Western Conference Semifinals, Game 3 (5/4/10)

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Tonight the Red Wings and the Sharks moved to Detroit for game three. The starting goalies were once again Howard and Nabokov. Eaves was still out of the lineup so Williams was in again. They also had a change on defense. Lilja was replaced with Lebda in order to provide a quicker outlet pass.

In the first period Filppula passed across the slot to Zetterberg who was heading toward the net. The puck went off his skate as he was putting on the brakes and it went in the net. It was called a goal on the ice but it was hard to tell if he was kicking or just stopping. After a lengthy video review the goal was disallowed because of a distinct kicking motion. It was really too close to call so I thought it would have been left as called on the ice but I guess they felt it was definitive enough to overturn the referee’s decision.

A few minutes later the Wings did it again and this time it counted. Franzen brought the puck into the zone and shoveled it ahead to Holmstrom. He sent it back to Lidstrom and they all cycled. Holmstrom went to the net and Franzen circled around to the left side. Lidstrom took it around the back of the net and passed it to Franzen who centered it to Holmstrom. He tapped it in for the first goal of the game. That was some great puck movement and it put the Wings up one to nothing. They again reviewed it and for a moment I thought they were going to overturn that one, too but the call on the ice stood.

Later in the first period Bertuzzi had a nice wrap around try and Nabokov stopped it. Couture shoved the puck into the net goalie’s pads in the crease and he was called for covering the puck and Bertuzzi was awarded a penalty shot. Although this one was in the Red Wings’ favor it was another abysmal call. Couture never covered the puck. He just pushed it with his glove. What a terrible call. Zetterberg took the penalty shot. He tried the backhand and Nabokov gloved it on the goal line. It was an incredible save.

A few minutes later the Wings were pressuring again. Miller got the puck and tried to send it around the back of the net but it hit the referee and came back to him. He passed it to Cleary in the slot who one-timed it into the back of the net to put the Wings up by two with under two minutes left in the period.

The Wings had a nearly perfect period but with less than three seconds left the Sharks scored. Setoguchi had the puck along the back boards. He passed it to Pavelski and went to the slot. Pavelski got it back to Setoguchi who released a turnaround shot that just barely squeaked under Jimmy Howard’s pad while he was moving.

So the first period ended with Detroit up two to one. They had outshot the Sharks 14 to 8 so it was a pretty good period.

Early in the second period Filppula had the puck and sent it deep to Zetterberg near the goal line along the side boards. He flipped it towards the net and it hit Murray’s skate and went right by Nabokov and in. The Red Wings were up by two again.

The Wings ended the second period on the penalty kill after Franzen was called for tripping.

The Red Wings killed off the rest of the penalty but the Sharks had all the momentum to start the third period. The Wings seemed to be on their heels. They were playing conservatively and weren’t generating much offense.

Then the Sharks won a faceoff in the Wings’ end and Thornton ended up with it. He took the puck around the net, stepped out front and fired. The puck hit Datsyuk’s stick and redirected into the net making it a one goal game with over 13 minutes left.

After that Jimmy Howard made several spectacular saves to keep the game under control.

Later Couture took a pass deep in the Wings’ end. He was standing on the goal line when he shot it. It went into Howard’s pads and somehow got through into the net for the game tying goal. That was a pretty soft goal but you have to expect a few of those.

With about three minutes to go Holmstrom was called for inference. Nabokov was way out of his crease and Holmstrom was fighting for position with Boyle. Boyle went down and landed on top of Nabokov who acted like he’d been run through with a bayonet. Holmstrom was called for interfering with Boyle, not Nabokov but they were fighting for position. I guess whoever falls down first get’s the power play. It was absolute garbage.

The Wings killed off that penalty and the score held until the end of the period so the game went to overtime tied three apiece. It was the first overtime game of these playoffs for Detroit.

In the overtime period the Wings had some good chances to score but didn’t get it done. Then with about 13 minutes left in the OT, Detroit had an odd man rush. Williams shot and missed the net. The puck went hard around and came quickly out to Thornton in the neutral zone. He took off with it as Marleau joined him. They were behind everybody except Rafalski. Thornton took the puck into the Wings’ zone and passed across to Marleau who tapped it in for the game winner.

This was clearly a game that the Wings should have won. It seemed like they had it under control and then they were just outworked in the third. Now they have to win the next four games in a row and we all know how likely that is.

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