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Turning Point of Game 3

by Christy Hammond / Detroit Red Wings
CHICAGO -- After spending almost nine minutes shorthanded in the first period and falling to a 3-0 deficit early into the second frame, the Red Wings were able to capitalize on their third power-play opportunity of the evening to turn the game around.

“You feel it coming when they score that first power-play goal,” Chicago forward Patrick Sharp said. “A couple of penalties really took the momentum from us.”

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom sparked the Red Wings' comeback at 14:38 in the second frame with a blast from the point as the Wings’ potent power-play unit proved to be too much for the Blackhawks’ penalty kill.

“We had a tough start with a lot of penalties,” Wings head coach Mike Babcock said. “I’m a big believer if you work hard enough, things will happen.”

Detroit scored three unanswered goals in a span of four minutes and 23 seconds late in the second frame to even up the game at three goals apiece thanks to tallies from Brian Rafalski and Jonathan Ericsson.

“They’re coming, especially when they’re down they have a lot of offensive weaponry,” Chicago head coach Joel Quenneville said.

While Detroit was unable to snag the win in overtime, it was Lidstrom’s power-play tally that turned the game from a Chicago blowout to a Detroit battle into overtime.

“We did a really good job of fighting back from a deep hole and that’s a good sign,” Rafalski said.

Detroit can learn from the comeback in spite of the 4-3 overtime loss as they head into Game 4 on Sunday afternoon.

“If we stay out of the box, it’ll be easier for us,” Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg said. “If we do the things we did in the second period, we’ll have good chances.”

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