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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80