Late Goal Lifts Red Wings into Series Tie with Sharks

Pavel Datsyuk scored with 1:24 remaining in the third period Saturday afternoon, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks to tie their Western Conference Semifinal series at one game apiece.

Datsyuk's goal was the first rebound goal of the series for Detroit. Mikael Samuelsson threw a shot on net from the left faceoff circle and Datsyuk was all alone to pick up the rebound at the top of the crease, with time to control the puck and lift a shot over a sprawling Evgeni Nabokov.

The Sharks had taken an early two-goal lead before the Red Wings fought back.

San Jose got on the board just 36 seconds into the game when a Kyle McLaren wrist shot from the blue line was deflected past Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek by Jonathan Cheechoo.

At 4:17 the Sharks went up by a pair. Hasek tried to play the puck behind the net but sent it right out to Milan Michalek. Hasek couldn't stop Michalek's pass over to Joe Thornton, who fired the puck into the vacated net.

The two goals were the fastest scored against Detroit in playoff history.

Henrik Zetterberg started Detroit's comeback with 2:30 remaining in the first period, throwing a shot on net from the left wing. It defelected off McLaren and past Nabokov for the Red Wings' first goal of the series.

A shorthanded goal early in the third period evened things up. After a turnover by Bill Guerin just inside the San Jose zone, Kirk Maltby got the puck to Dan Cleary, who stepped into the high slot and ripped a shot off Nabokov's shoulder and into the net.

After Datsyuk's goal the Detroit forecheck kept San Jose from pulling Nabokov for an extra attacker until the final twenty seconds of the game. San Jose never got a chance to even things up.

Nabokov stopped 19 of the 22 shots he faced on the afternoon. Hasek made 18 saves on 20 shots against.

Neither team scored on the power play. San Jose had six chances to Detroit's three.

The series shifts to San Jose on Monday night for game three.


Notes: Detroit was without Tomas Holmstrom and Brett Lebda for another game. No timeframe is set for either player's return.

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The Wings look to even the series this afternoon. They'll do so without Tomas Holmstrom and Brett Lebda, who are both still out.

The only big lineup change is that Valtteri Filppula has been bumped up to the second line, with Robert Lang taking over fourth-line duties (though Mike Babcock refuses to call it a demotion).

Random stat: Detroit has made the Western Conference Semifinals eight times, winning the series five of them. They won their only previous second-round matchup with San Jose, a four-game sweep in 1995.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 11:29 AM

 

Anyone else think Dom should have had that?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 3:24 PM

 

Anyone want to bet Osgood sees ice time this series?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 3:30 PM

 

Anyone want to bet Osgood sees ice time this series?


I'm just gonna say the SHARKS look much better than the WINGS. The SHARKS have a size and speed advantage, that again has the WINGS in a hole. A goalie change may help, but I think the problem is much deeper than that.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 3:45 PM

 

Woohoo! Zata gets the Wings on the board!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 3:55 PM

 

Cleary, again, is the WINGS best player so far, with Zetterman, a close second. That's NOT gonna be enough. The WINGS have picked it up a notch, but the SHARKS are taking care of business rather well with a one goal game. The WINGS are gonna have to get creative now, with half the game gone.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 4:31 PM

 

Another DET PP, Schneider takes the shot from the point, and a SHARK gets the rebound and clears. Not gonna do it guys ... Anyone else have some thoughts?

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 4:33 PM

 

Another DET PP, Schneider takes the shot from the point, and a SHARK gets the rebound and clears. Not gonna do it guys ... Anyone else have some thoughts?


LIDSTROM is having problems -- 3 giveaways this game already -- he's clearly off his game. Anyone else care to comment?

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 4:41 PM

 


Another DET PP, Schneider takes the shot from the point, and a SHARK gets the rebound and clears. Not gonna do it guys ... Anyone else have some thoughts?


LIDSTROM is having problems -- 3 giveaways this game already -- he's clearly off his game. Anyone else care to comment?

WINGS beating themselves at this point -- DRAPER with another penalty -- despite the good effort of CLEARY, who in my opinion is & has been one of the FEW 2-way, smart-minded WINGS, this series.The SHARKS playing a very well positioned game, despite brief episodes of WINGs offensive threats, clearing the puck from their Zone, and keeping the WINGS from a concerted effort in the OFFENSIVE zone.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 4:56 PM

 

Looks like another game where the Wings are solid for all but a couple minutes, and those minutes are killer. We'll see if they can find the net and even this up.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 4:56 PM

 

Looks like another game where the Wings are solid for all but a couple minutes, and those minutes are killer. We'll see if they can find the net and even this up.


Well, I gotta say it this time YzerFan .... I disagree with you that the WINGS are playing a SOLID game, but don't have the game in hand. It is True the SHARKS scored early, but it can't be disputed, that the SHARKS are, rather efficiently, keeping the WINGS at bay. I don't see the WINGS as overpowering here, in the least.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 5:02 PM

 

Dan Cleary! Shorthanded goal! Woohoo!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 5:13 PM

 

Dan Cleary! Shorthanded goal! Woohoo!


Great effort by none other than CLEARY ... SHORT-HANDED YET. Maybe the effort is beginning to pay-off. Evened up now. Lets hope the WINGS can continue to build off it.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 5:18 PM

 

Sharks have really gotten a lot of pressure in this period. Wings can't let them keep it up, we're practically in sudden death already.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 5:40 PM

 

PAVS!!!!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 5:45 PM

 

Sharks have really gotten a lot of pressure in this period. Wings can't let them keep it up, we're practically in sudden death already.


SHARKS seem to be out-working, out-positioning the WINGS, especially the latter part of this 3rd period. HASEK keeping WINGs with a chance.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 5:46 PM

 


Sharks have really gotten a lot of pressure in this period. Wings can't let them keep it up, we're practically in sudden death already.


SHARKS seem to be out-working, out-positioning the WINGS, especially the latter part of this 3rd period. HASEK keeping WINGs with a chance.

Great work by Zetterman to give the WINGS a timely goal! Hopefully, that will inspire DATSYK, and the WINGS who've worked hard to keep their Playoff hopes ALIVE. I was afraid that the SHARKS were gaining momentum, over-powering the WINGS up to the point of Zetter's goal.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 5:49 PM

 

I'll take it. Gotta get one in San Jose now. Or two.

But, hey, now my Game Five tickets are good. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 5:50 PM

 



Sharks have really gotten a lot of pressure in this period. Wings can't let them keep it up, we're practically in sudden death already.


SHARKS seem to be out-working, out-positioning the WINGS, especially the latter part of this 3rd period. HASEK keeping WINGs with a chance.

Great work by Zetterman to give the WINGS a timely goal! Hopefully, that will inspire DATSYK, and the WINGS who've worked hard to keep their Playoff hopes ALIVE. I was afraid that the SHARKS were gaining momentum, over-powering the WINGS up to the point of Zetter's goal.

Just to clarify, DATSYK did get the game-winner, and kudos to him for doing so. But my point above, was to point to ZETTER's hard work to set DATS in front. Way to go guys! ! ! We're back in this ! ! ! I thought HASEK redeemed himself, after a very poor start today. I hope the TEAM effort today, a GREAT come-back WIN gives the WINGS a lift as the play shifts back to SAN JOSE and the SHARK TANK.I don't think there is any doubt that SJO is a much better team than were the FLAMES. The WINGs are a much better team too, than what they appeared to be in the opening 10 minutes of this game.GO WINGS! ! !

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 6:00 PM

 

The Wings look to even the series this afternoon. They'll do so without Tomas Holmstrom and Brett Lebda, who are both still out.



The only big lineup change is that Valtteri Filppula has been bumped up to the second line, with Robert Lang taking over fourth-line duties (though Mike Babcock refuses to call it a demotion).


Random stat: Detroit has made the Western Conference Semifinals eight times, winning the series five of them. They won their only previous second-round matchup with San Jose, a four-game sweep in 1995.

I meant to comment on this earlier. I wonder if this may be a sign that LANG's play may be under the microscope? As everyone should know from my earlier comments here, I haven't been a big fan of LANG's performance. Several other WINGS have consistently showed a better work ethic. This is despite a couple of Timely goals & assists by LANG in the latter part of the regular season & once or twice in the series with CALGARY. The WINGS do need to shuffle their lines up a bit, for no other reason, to get some balance back in their play. I think this falls back on WINGs coaching staff to find match-ups that neutralize SJO and Thornton and company.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/28/2007 at 6:10 PM

 

Oh, I definetly see an off season deal involving moving Lang somewhere. He is just not the old Robert Lang. I was excited when we picked him up, but just like Ray Whitney did, he has disappointed me.

Posted by drwmike33 on 4/28/2007 at 10:40 PM

 

Actually, there wouldn't need to be an offseason deal, Lang's a UFA this summer.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/28/2007 at 11:13 PM

 

Hopefully, he'll get picked up then. I wonder what his salary is with the WINGS? If I recall its up there in the high $700s ... Whatever it is, seems it could be better spent with another body.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/29/2007 at 12:32 AM

 

Lang has disappointed me greatly. He leads the team in giveaways and thats all he's good at of late. Worst player on faceoffs as well. I was mentioning the bertuzzi, datsyuk, zetterberg line since Bert arrived in motown. Now that holmstrom is out the lineup the B, D, Z line has been put together, awesome. When homer comes back maybe lang could be paired up with him to boost some confidence on the second line. Lang, homer, franzen? I think that would be a pretty good lineup considering bertuzzi was paired up with these guys and its already a "big" line. Homer would add some grit and do the dirty work for lazy lang. Just when Lang can't seem to disappoint any further he gets an assist or big goal so I'm not giving up on him yet. Great comeback and win on Saturday, looking forward to a good game Monday. Go Wings!

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 4/29/2007 at 6:36 AM

 

Lang has disappointed me greatly. He leads the team in giveaways and thats all he's good at of late. Worst player on faceoffs as well. I was mentioning the bertuzzi, datsyuk, zetterberg line since Bert arrived in motown. Now that holmstrom is out the lineup the B, D, Z line has been put together, awesome. When homer comes back maybe lang could be paired up with him to boost some confidence on the second line. Lang, homer, franzen? I think that would be a pretty good lineup considering bertuzzi was paired up with these guys and its already a "big" line. Homer would add some grit and do the dirty work for lazy lang. Just when Lang can't seem to disappoint any further he gets an assist or big goal so I'm not giving up on him yet. Great comeback and win on Saturday, looking forward to a good game Monday. Go Wings!


You're right on the points you make about LANG. In my opinion, he's almost, but not quite, a LIABILITY, although, as you mention, he's picked up a timely goal or assist, in some key games late in the regular season and in the FLAME series. But too few really. Overall, he's not getting the job done. At this point, I'm thinking there really isn't a line he's a good fit with. Maybe with Homer & Franzen, but he has his stick lifted so much, and loses critical face-offs to the point that he may diminish the effectiveness of HOMER and FRANZEN. I just hope, the coaching staff is looking at it and makes some corrections. Again, I hate to zero in on LANG, because I actually like him as a person. He has a great personality.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/29/2007 at 8:37 AM

 


Lang has disappointed me greatly. He leads the team in giveaways and thats all he's good at of late. Worst player on faceoffs as well. I was mentioning the bertuzzi, datsyuk, zetterberg line since Bert arrived in motown. Now that holmstrom is out the lineup the B, D, Z line has been put together, awesome. When homer comes back maybe lang could be paired up with him to boost some confidence on the second line. Lang, homer, franzen? I think that would be a pretty good lineup considering bertuzzi was paired up with these guys and its already a "big" line. Homer would add some grit and do the dirty work for lazy lang. Just when Lang can't seem to disappoint any further he gets an assist or big goal so I'm not giving up on him yet. Great comeback and win on Saturday, looking forward to a good game Monday. Go Wings!


You're right on the points you make about LANG. In my opinion, he's almost, but not quite, a LIABILITY, although, as you mention, he's picked up a timely goal or assist, in some key games late in the regular season and in the FLAME series. But too few really. Overall, he's not getting the job done. At this point, I'm thinking there really isn't a line he's a good fit with. Maybe with Homer & Franzen, but he has his stick lifted so much, and loses critical face-offs to the point that he may diminish the effectiveness of HOMER and FRANZEN. I just hope, the coaching staff is looking at it and makes some corrections. Again, I hate to zero in on LANG, because I actually like him as a person. He has a great personality.

So you have met Lang personally? Wow, must have been cool. And besides the generic take on his game play that you consistently make, although you like hime "personally," and you are clear to assure that people are right because you say so, I'm wondering if you have ever played hockey. Inquiring minds want to know how you are so lofty in your "Opinions" when your assessments of the game are so flaccid and almost redundant. "this is just my opinion" I wouldn't want you to think I'm proposing that you quiet down for a spell, but that might be nice too. I'm new here little ....... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" /> Go Wings!

Posted by L.M. Slapper on 4/29/2007 at 10:24 AM

 

Glad to see you got a new name glove dropper. I'm sure it won't take Clark long to match the I.P. addresses and ban you for life for ignoring your one week suspension...It really is a shame. We are really going to miss your valuable insight.

Posted by Stormo on 4/29/2007 at 10:34 AM

 

Both Glove_Dropper and L.M. Slapper have been banned for using multiple accounts to circumvent a suspension.

Amazing, the site's been around for over 10 years, the forums have been here in something close to their current form for the last 6 or so, and this is the first time I've had to ban someone for that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 4/29/2007 at 11:26 AM

 

I agree on the Lang situation, it's a tough call. He has great personality, and seems to help the younger players fit in well with the team. However, he was 3rd in the league with 104 takeaways due to his frequent habit of having his stick lifted. I also have noticed that he shoots wide of the net quite often. I have a strong feeling that Ken Holland will let him go. However, with that situation, it also depends on who is available come summer time. It isn't always a good idea to dump somebody just for the sake of getting rid of them. If they dont resign him, they better get someone who has an equal or better skill level. And as I have said before, that all depends on who is available on the UFA list. It will be very interesting to see what happens this summer, although I think the team will likely stay the same with only a few minor adjustments.

As for how this series is going, I now have stronger faith in the Red Wings. After game 1 I thought to myself "This is going to be a short and dreadful series". I now have more faith in them than I have in quite some time. It is an amazing team skill to overcome a 2 goal deficit. I greatly believe that if Detroit can grab the split in San Jose then we can win this series in 7. Notice how Detroit stuck together and battled hard even through Hasek's questionable performance. Seeing as how his sub-par performances are rare, I think that they will stand even better in the up coming games. I can almost bet that Hasek will have a great performance in game 3. He is pretty hard on himself when he plays bad. I'm guessing that he will come out strong in the next game.

Also, Tomas Holmstrom should be back for game 3. This smells trouble for San Jose. Even with the absense of the Demolition Man the Red Wings have managed to put some through Nabokov. With Holmstrom settling back into his office in front of the crease, we should be able to squeak a few more past the Sharks. I feel that Bertuzzi did a good job playing with Datsyuk and Zetterberg. It wouldn't be a bad idea to keep him on Line 1 and put Holmstrom with Lang and Franzen, as someone else stated earlier. I'm greatly looking forward to game 3. Let's go Red Wings!

Posted by choyer on 4/29/2007 at 4:16 PM

 

Glad to see you got a new name glove dropper. I'm sure it won't take Clark long to match the I.P. addresses and ban you for life for ignoring your one week suspension...It really is a shame. We are really going to miss your valuable insight.


Thank you Stormo for calling this one correctly. I didn't make the connection initially. But, after more thought, I see now that L.M. Slapper = Little Monkey Slapper. Glove Dropper had referred to me as "Little Monkey" when it got personal before his suspension. Very novel, I'll say. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/toothless.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":hockeysmiley:" border="0" alt="toothless.gif" /> Oh well, This post probably doesn't really belong on this thread, but I thought I'd respond, since I was the intended target.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/29/2007 at 5:22 PM

 

I agree on the Lang situation, it's a tough call. He has great personality, and seems to help the younger players fit in well with the team. However, he was 3rd in the league with 104 takeaways due to his frequent habit of having his stick lifted. I also have noticed that he shoots wide of the net quite often. I have a strong feeling that Ken Holland will let him go. However, with that situation, it also depends on who is available come summer time. It isn't always a good idea to dump somebody just for the sake of getting rid of them. If they dont resign him, they better get someone who has an equal or better skill level. And as I have said before, that all depends on who is available on the UFA list. It will be very interesting to see what happens this summer, although I think the team will likely stay the same with only a few minor adjustments.As for how this series is going, I now have stronger faith in the Red Wings. After game 1 I thought to myself "This is going to be a short and dreadful series". I now have more faith in them than I have in quite some time. It is an amazing team skill to overcome a 2 goal deficit. I greatly believe that if Detroit can grab the split in San Jose then we can win this series in 7. Notice how Detroit stuck together and battled hard even through Hasek's questionable performance. Seeing as how his sub-par performances are rare, I think that they will stand even better in the up coming games. I can almost bet that Hasek will have a great performance in game 3. He is pretty hard on himself when he plays bad. I'm guessing that he will come out strong in the next game.Also, Tomas Holmstrom should be back for game 3. This smells trouble for San Jose. Even with the absense of the Demolition Man the Red Wings have managed to put some through Nabokov. With Holmstrom settling back into his office in front of the crease, we should be able to squeak a few more past the Sharks. I feel that Bertuzzi did a good job playing with Datsyuk and Zetterberg. It wouldn't be a bad idea to keep him on Line 1 and put Holmstrom with Lang and Franzen, as someone else stated earlier. I'm greatly looking forward to game 3. Let's go Red Wings!


I enjoy reading the contributions by other members on this site. With regard to longevity of this series, before game #2, I had succumbed to a depressed state concluding its "tits" up for the WINGS. If the Wings had got behind 0-2, I figured, maybe 5 games at best. However, with the WINGS come-back "CHARACTER" win, I have renewed faith. I would be mildly satisfied with a split in SJO. Anything less, and I'm back to my early WING Exit statement. If there is a split, which seems to be the consensus, this one is going SEVEN. Is this GOOD or BAD? It may take the WINGS a couple more games to get their game plan back in order. Solving their PP problem remains to be seen. SJO is bigger, faster and younger (they have an average 16 lb /player weight). That doesn't necessarily equate to an advantage if the WINGS can use skill and resourcefulness.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/29/2007 at 5:39 PM

 

The Red Wings can match any team in the NHL. It is completely up to them whether or not they want to win. They have the talent, and a little bit of size now. It's up to certain players to step it up and help take the load off of the top line. Daniel Cleary has done an excellent job in this year's playoffs. I am extremely impressed by his forechecking abilitiy and 2 way play. He is an excellent role model for other players to follow. Hopefully Hudler or Filppula will pick it up a notch. Lord knows the Wings need it badly. From here on out the competition stays at the highest peak. Even if Detroit advances past San Jose, they still have Anaheim and possibly Buffalo until they reach the cup. It will take more than just Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Bertuzzi to keep the Wings alive. I'm looking forward to the next few games!

Posted by choyer on 4/29/2007 at 5:53 PM

 

Cleary is impressing ALOT of folks. As you state, he is a ROLE player, and should be an inspiration for his team mates. Not that there isn't others who have stepped up, but A couple more ROLE players would be SOOO nice to see.

Posted by skyguy52 on 4/29/2007 at 6:03 PM

 

agreed, something that Robert Lang isnt doing at all right now. I wish god could get him going haha.

Posted by choyer on 4/29/2007 at 6:59 PM

 

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