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Schneider's OT winner ties series at 2

Wednesday, 05.2.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Schneider\'s OT winner ties series at 2
By The Associated Press

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)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- 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.

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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

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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