After going scoreless for ten games, Darren McCarty finally scored his one-hundreth career goal, lifting the Wings to a three – three tie with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Mccarty’s goal came with just 5:03 remaining in the third. With the puck hovering in the crease and Chicago netminder Steve Passmore struggling to find it, McCarty dove at the goalmouth and knocked in the game-tying goal.
The Red Wings had pulled within one only 1:26 earlier, when Igor Larionov beat Steve Passmore at the 13:31 mark of the period.
Chicago opened the scoring midway through the first period, with Eric Daze rifling a shot past Dominik Hasek at 11:36. Sergei Fedorov tied the game last in the period and the score was one – one after twenty minutes of play.
The Blackhawks controlled the second period, picking up a goal from Phil Housley only a minute in and a goal from Steve Thomas with 5:11 remaining.
Down by two with one period remaining, the Red Wings shelled Passmore with seventeen shots in the third, including the goals by Larionov and McCarty.
In all, Passmore stopped thirty-seven of the forty shots he faced, while Hasek made twenty saves on twenty-three shots.
The Red Wings are next in action on Saturday, when they face the Blues in St. Louis as part of a season-ending home-and-home series.