… Well through defeating the San Jose Sharks in the second round that is. It has taken the Red Wings five games to win twice and will face a third straight elimination game tomorrow.
The last team to come back from a 3-0 deficit were the Philadelphia Flyers of last year over the Boston Bruins; and not only were they down 3-0 in the series but they also were down 3-0 in game seven and the Bruins watched their season slip from their grasp.
Last night the Red Wings were down 2-0 when finally Niklas Kronwall put Detroit on the scoreboard in the second period. The teams went to intermission with a one goal game and came back to see the Sharks make it a two goal game within the first minute of the third. It was then that Detroit flipped the fabled ‘switch’ and went into playoff mode.
An injured Pavel Datsyuk that did not take a single face-off to save his wrist some wear and tear set up three of the four Red Wing goals including this beauty of a keep-away game with Patrick Marleau:
That series would lead to the game winning goal after Datsyuk got the puck to captain Nicklas Lidstrom whose shot was tipped in by Tomas Holmstrom from his office in front of the net.
If someone had told me that Jonathan Ericsson would score a goal before the game last night I would of laughed, in fact I did laugh when he did score. Many of the Red Wings faithful followers have been calling for the end of Ericsson’s time with Detroit. His play had continued to drop since his NHL debut and people have just given up hope that he will be the defensive force he had show so much promise to be; and not the defensive liability he has become.
Game Six is set for tomorrow night in Detroit with an injured Mule….
… it will be a wait and see if Johan Franzen is ready to go for the game tomorrow.
So be happy Detroit the Red Wings have survived another elimination game and have brought hockey back to Hockeytown for at least one last hurrah.