Red Wings Rally To Knot Se­ries at 1

Dat­syuk Nets Late Goal on Re­bound

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports -

DETROIT, April 28 — Pavel Dat­syuk and Hen­rik Zet­ter­berg an­swered the call for the Detroit Red Wings’ top play­ers to be at their best.

Dat­syuk scored off a re­bound with 1 minute 24 sec­onds left and Zet­ter­berg’s goal started a come­back in Detroit’s 3-2 vic­tory over the San Jose Sharks on Satur­day that evened their West­ern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals se­ries at a game apiece.

“Zet­ter­berg and Dat­syuk won us the game,” said Daniel Cleary, who scored the ty­ing, short-handed goal.

Early on, the Sharks were dom­i­nant and looked as if they were headed to a 2-0 lead in the se­ries.

Joe Thorn­ton had a goal and an as­sist in the first 4:17, and San Jose held onto the two-goal lead un­til Zet­ter­berg scored late in the first pe­riod. It took Detroit nearly 13 min­utes to get a shot.

The Sharks made a mis­take early in the third pe­riod, and Cleary made them pay for it with the short-handed goal that made it 2all.

San Jose had two power plays mid­way through the fi­nal pe­riod, but took only one shot on the first op­por­tu­nity and three on the sec­ond.

Detroit’s Dominik Hasek made 17 saves, and Ev­geni Nabokov stopped 19 shots.

“We had op­por­tu­ni­ties through­out the game and Hasek made some great saves,” San Jose Coach Ron Wil­son said. “But I think about the dumb mis­takes we made in the third pe­riod that you can’t make in a play­off game.”

Game 3 is Mon­day night in San Jose.

“Sud­denly, we’re in a best-of-five se­ries go­ing back to their build­ing,” Red Wings Coach Mike Bab­cock said. “I think you’re go­ing see us re­ally play, and be even tougher to play against.”

Joe Louis Arena was quiet when the Sharks jumped ahead early again, but the fans got revved up as Detroit ral­lied un­like the se­ries opener when it lost 2-0.

The crowd jumped to its feet when Dat­syuk scored. Zet­ter­berg car­ried the puck be­hind the net and got it to Mikael Sa­muels­son, whose shot from the left cir­cle de­flected to­ward Dat­syuk in front of crease and he beat the sprawled Nabokov.

Af­ter turn­ing the puck over 27 times in Game 1, the Red Wings had two give­aways right away and Kirk Maltby’s led to Jonathan Chee­choo’s goal.

Hasek made a lack­lus­ter pass from be­hind the net to­ward the right cir­cle, lead­ing to Mi­lan Michalek’s as­sist for Thorn­ton.

Zet­ter­berg’s goal was de­flected by San Jose de­fense­man Kyle McLaren.

San Jose’s Chris­tian Ehrhoff and Bill Guerin com­bined for a give­away that led to the ty­ing goal.

Ehroff’s weak pass in the Sharks’ zone was wasn’t han­dled by Guerin, and Cleary pounced on the puck and wound up for slap shot that found the back of the net 1:23 into the fi­nal pe­riod.

Red Wings de­fense­man Chris Che­lios played in his 236th play­off game, ty­ing Mark Messier on the ca­reer list and trail­ing only Pa­trick Roy (247).

BY JERRY S. MEN­DOZA — AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

San Jose’s Steve Clowe keeps his eye on the puck as it rolls along the glass in front of Clowe and Detroit’s Mikael Sa­muels­son in the sec­ond pe­riod.

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