SAN JOSE, Calif.
– It was just 54 seconds into the third period Sunday night at HP Pavilion when rookie Logan Couture
took a pass from Dany Heatley
and scored on a breakaway, giving the Sharks a 3-1 lead against the Detroit Red Wings
in Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinals series.
At that point, the Shark Tank erupted. San Jose, up 3-1 in the series, appeared on the verge of turning the game into a rout and advancing to conference finals.
Not so fast. Before the Sharks knew what hit them, the Red Wings scored three times and escaped with a 4-3 victory, forcing a Game 6 on Tuesday night at Detroit.
"This is hockey," said Sharks defenseman Niclas Wallin
. "We didn't relax. I thought we fought hard today and put up a lot of shots. But they're a good team and they're not going to give up. Today, it (stinks) right now. Just got to forget about this and come back. We know we can play against these guys. We showed that tonight. Right now it's obviously frustrating, but we'll come back. It's going to make us stronger. We're still in control here. You've got to remember that."