SAN JOSE, Calif.
|Lang's second goal of the playoffs; first of this series, tied the game with 33 second left in the third. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) |
-- Two key mistakes by the San Jose Sharks led to Mathieu Schneider's overtime goal Wednesday night.
Schneider scored on the power play 16:04 into the first overtime to cap Detroit's rally from a two-goal deficit. The Red Wings' 3-2 win over San Jose tied the second-round playoff series at two games apiece.
After the Wings tied the game on Robert Lang's goal with 33.1 seconds left in regulation, Schneider won it following a bad penalty by Craig Rivet and a giveaway by Scott Hannan.
The Wings were on the power play because Rivet accidentally shot the puck into the seats from his own zone, leading to a delay of game call. With the puck deep in San Jose's end, Hannan tried to clear it up the middle, but Schneider batted it down and fired a shot past Evgeni Nabokov for the winner. The puck appeared to deflect off a San Jose player before sneaking past Nabokov.
The Wings had to kill off a power play earlier in the overtime, getting a big save from Dominik Hasek on a point-blank shot from Marcel Goc. The series moves back to Detroit for Game 5 on Saturday before returning to San Jose next Monday. It has a whole different flavor thanks to Detroit's second comeback from a 2-0 deficit this series.
The Wings also rallied to win Game 2, getting the winner from Pavel Datsyuk with 1:24 left. This comeback took even longer. With Hasek off the ice for an extra skater in the final minute of regulation, the Sharks appeared poised to take a 3-1 series lead.
But Detroit gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and Valtteri Filppula fed Lang, who beat Nabokov with a wrist shot from just inside the top of the circle. Lang's other goal this post-season tied Game 6 of the opening round. Detroit won that game in overtime to eliminate the Calgary Flames.
Tomas Holmstrom, playing his first game since he injured his eye when Calgary's Craig Conroy hit him with his stick April 22 in Detroit's series-winning victory over the Flames, scored a power-play goal in the final seconds of the second period to start Detroit's comeback. Holmstrom went back to the locker room in overtime with an apparent injury.
Holmstrom's goal was part of a stretch when the Wings outshot the Sharks 20-1. But Nabokov was up to the task and able to keep San Jose in the lead until the final minute of regulation.
The Sharks had gone ahead 2-0 on a fluky goal by Goc, whose shot from inside the point deflected off defender Andreas Lilja's helmet and over Hasek's shoulder.
Goc's second career playoff goal needed to withstand a replay review before it counted. He shot the puck while teammate Kyle McLaren was being pulled down by a defender in front of the Detroit net. The Wings argued the call, thinking the puck hit McLaren's high stick as he was falling down, but the review upheld the goal.
Joe Thornton set up Jonathan Cheechoo for a first-period goal, marking his seventh straight playoff game with at least one point. Last season's Hart Trophy winner has five points in four games of the series for San Jose.
Goc's goal came on the first shot by either team in the period. But the Wings opened up after that and had 14 shots in the final 10 minutes of the period. The last of those shots put Detroit on the board after McLaren was called for a cross-check with 9.9 seconds to go.
The Wings won the face off and Nicklas Lidstrom shot from the point. The puck was deflected in front of the net and Holmstrom hacked it past Nabokov with 5.4 seconds to go to bring Detroit within one.
Detroit's power play was 1-for-10 without Holmstrom in his usual spot in front of the opposing net, where he screens goalies, redirects passes and hassles opposing defenders. The Wings were 2-for-5 in Game 4.