Dominik Hasek was not doing his job.
After two home playoff games against the Vancouver Canucks, “The Dominator” had allowed eight goals and the Red Wings were down two games to none in their first round playoff series.
He admitted that he didn’t know what he was doing wrong.
“I think to myself, ‘What I do wrong?'” he said after a 5-2 loss in Game Two.
He doesn’t have to worry about that anymore.
In Game Three, Hasek stopped twenty-two of twenty-three shots from the Canucks, including a third period penalty shot from Todd Bertuzzi and a flurry of nine shots in the final five minutes.
On the other hand, Canucks netminder Dan Cloutier, who had played like Patrick Roy in the games in Detroit, allowed a goal from center ice and three goals total.
As the roles switched back to where they belonged, Hasek finally began to dominate again. He’ll have to if the Red Wings are going to survive the first round.