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Turning Point of Game 3

Lidstrom's goal sparks comeback for Wings

Saturday, 05.23.2009 / 12:45 AM ET / News
By Christy Hammond  - Community Relations Manager
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Turning Point of Game 3
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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
4 TBL 50 28 18 4 131 115 60
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 49 25 17 7 126 122 57
10 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
11 CAR 52 23 21 8 124 138 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 53 20 28 5 133 167 45

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 50 17 18 23 35
H. Zetterberg 51 9 25 2 34
T. Tatar 50 14 16 -3 30
G. Nyquist 51 14 13 -4 27
J. Abdelkader 51 14 12 -4 26
P. Datsyuk 36 6 18 10 24
M. Green 45 3 17 -8 20
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
D. DeKeyser 47 6 8 10 14
R. Sheahan 50 7 6 -15 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 18 10 4 .931 2.06
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89