Red Wings Rally To Knot Series at 1
Datsyuk Nets Late Goal on Rebound
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).
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.