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Red Wings forward Glendening will play in Game 5

by Paul Harris /

Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening will play in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at Amalie Arena (6 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports, FS-D, FS-F), coach Mike Babcock said Friday.

Glendening left Game 4 with 7:28 left in the third period because of a cut hand. He and linemates Drew Miller and Landon Ferraro had kept the line of Johnson, Palat and Nikita Kucherov off the scoreboard for almost two games before Glendening was hurt.

The Red Wings led 2-0 at the time of Glendening's injury, but Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat scored in a span of 1:17 to tie the game and Johnson scored 2:25 into overtime to give Tampa Bay a 3-2 comeback win.

"He's a competitive guy," Babcock said. "He's got a couple of goals during the series. He's done a good job."

Babcock said his players have to concentrate on the positives going into Game 5. The series is tied at 2-2, but Detroit was a little more than five minutes away from going up 3-1.

Babcock called it a punch in the gut on Friday after Detroit practiced in Brandon, Fla., but added, "Every championship team I've been around has faced some adversity. You never get better without adversity. So you embrace adversity."

The Red Wings coach said he told his players to keep in mind how well they played in the past two games.

"We understand how well we played in Games 3 and 4, and that Game 4 may have been our best game," Babcock said.

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