CALGARY, Alberta (AP) _ Mathieu Dandenault rescued the Detroit Red Wings
from an 18-second collapse that could've wrecked their season.
The defenseman scored his first goal of the postseason midway through the
third period as the top-seeded Red Wings beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 Thursday
night and evened the second-round playoff series 2-2.
Martin Gelinas and Ville Nieminen scored for the Flames 18 seconds apart in
the second period to tie the game at 2 before Dandenault got the lead back for
the Red Wings.
Tomas Holmstrom fired a shot that Calgary goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff got a
piece of. The puck squirted through his legs and lay in the crease, where
Dandenault nudged it over the line to give the Red Wings a 3-2 lead with 9:58
Game 5 of the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals series is Saturday
at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.
``We have a good home record and we play well there so with the fans back at
the Joe we believe we can turn it up a notch,'' Joseph said.
Kirk Maltby and Boyd Devereaux also scored for the Red Wings, and Henrik
Zetterberg had added an empty-net goal in the final minute. Ray Whitney and
Kris Draper had two assists each.
``I think we wanted to match their work ethic and even exceed it,'' Red
Wings goaltender Curtis Joseph said. ``We feel we've got a skilled hockey club,
but if we work as hard as any team we're going to be in good shape.''
Just about everyone in the chanting, flag-waving crowd of 19,289 wore either
a Calgary jersey, a shirt with a Flames logo, or something red. One fan was
dressed in full hockey gear, including a helmet with a face shield, and skates.
Gelinas started the Flames' comeback at 5:45 of the second period. Jarome
Iginla got the puck out from a scrum in front of the Detroit net and backhanded
a pass to Gelinas, who beat Joseph with a shot to the high side.
The crowd was still cheering that goal when Nieminen tied it at 6:03.
Shean Donovan, sprawled on the ice, slipped the puck to Nieminen, who waited
for Joseph to go down before tucking the puck into the corner of the net.
``I think we made a heck of a comeback again tonight being down in the first
like that,'' Flames coach Darryl Sutter said.
Detroit quickly called a timeout and the crowd began the chants of ``Cujo,
Just moments later, Joseph _ celebrating his 37th birthday _ stopped
Nieminen on a two-on-one breakaway.
In the closing seconds, and the game no longer in doubt, Nieminen slammed
into Joseph and knocked him back into the goal. Nieminen drilled him high, and
Joseph held his head while lying flat on his back.
Nieminen was given a major penalty for charging and was ejected.
Maltby's goal 26 seconds into the game seemed to put the Flames on their
heels and energize the Red Wings.
Calgary went over 10 minutes without recording a shot while Detroit
efficiently controlled play. The Flames finally regrouped and began applying
pressure on the Red Wings in the last half of the period.
Devereaux made it 2-0 three minutes into the second period when his shot
from the top of the circle went through the legs of Calgary defenseman Steve
Montador and past a screened Kiprusoff.
``The third was there for both teams and they beat us, they got an important
goal,'' Iginla said. ``And now it's on to the next game, that's how we face
every game. It was a tough one and now we look to the next one.''