The San Jose Sharks were just 20 minutes away from advancing to the Western Conference Finals for a second straight year. Instead, they're boarding a plane for Detroit.
Despite holding a 3-1 lead in the third period, the Sharks allowed three unanswered goals to the Red Wings in a 4-3 loss Sunday in Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinal series at HP Pavilion. The series now shifts back to Detroit for Game 6 on Tuesday 8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN.
So, while the Eastern Conference Finals are set No. 3 Boston vs. No. 5 Tampa Bay, things still are very unsettled in the West as the Vancouver Canucks bring a 3-2 series lead to Nashville, which will host Game 6 of that Western Conference Semifinal at Bridgestone Arena on Monday 8 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC.
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Canucks need to limit the mistakes
Turnovers and other miscues cost the Vancouver Canucks dearly Saturday. That will need to change Monday, when the Canucks will face the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Dhiren Mahiban caught up with the Canucks before they headed to the Music City.
Preds start to open things up against Canucks
With his team facing elimination in Game 5 at Vancouver's Rogers Arena on Saturday and one of his top two-way forwards out of the lineup, Nashville coach Barry Trotz knew it was no time to play it safe. The Preds didn't and staved off elimination. John Manasso has the latest as the Predators aim to force a Game 7.
Thornton says Sharks remain confident
"Careless plays" cost San Jose on Sunday, but Sharks captain Joe Thornton believes his club remains in good position as the series shifts to Detroit for Game 6 Tuesday. Eric Gilmore spoke with Thornton after Sunday's loss at HP Pavilion.
Lidstrom: Red Wings won't give up
Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom played a huge role in the game-winning goal Sunday night, as his blast from the point was redirected by Tomas Holmstrom with 6:02 remaining to give the Red Wings a 4-3 lead. Dave Lozo spoke with Lidstrom afterwards.
Sharks give Datsyuk his due
Pavel Datsyuk reportedly was a game-time decision because of a sore wrist. He was healthy enough to play, and the Russian superstar had 3 assists and prevented the Sharks from closing out this best-of-seven series on home ice. Eric Gilmore got Patrick Marleau's thoughts on Datsyuk's performance after the game.
Datsyuk dazzles in Wings' win
Reports surfaced that Pavel Datsyuk's availability was in jeopardy Sunday. After the Red Wings' 4-3 win, however, Datsyuk told Dave Lozo that his wrist is just fine. His 3 assists backed that statement up.
Sharks confident they'll bounce back
Just when it appeared San Jose was going back to the Western Conference Finals, everything fell apart in the third period. Despite allowing three unanswered goals in the final 20 minutes, the Sharks say they're not about to be overcome with depression. Eric Gilmore has the latest.