It took 45 shots on Antti Niemi for the Red Wings to win in their third straight possible elimination game, but the series is now tied and game seven is tomorrow.
San Jose Sharks Logan Couture was the one to open the scoring in the game. At 3:54 of the third period Couture would put a wrist shot past Jimmy Howard and hope would seem to be lost for Hockeytown.
Was this it? After fending off elimination by the Sharks for two games was this battle of goaltending going to be what finishes the Red Wings season?
Not if the Red Wings have anything to say about it.
It would be time to start Fearing the Finn as Valtteri Filppula almost ten minutes after the goal by Couture who would set up a shot for Niklas Kronwall that would be tipped-in by Henrik Zetterberg to tie the game.
Pavel Datsyuk may not have scored a single goal last night but the work he did do while still only having one good hand is beyond amazing. Datsyuk would be the set up guy less than two minutes after the Zetterberg goal that would see Filppula net the game winning goal.
Detroit would be up a goal with just over seven minutes left in game six – anything could still happen. The Sharks could tie the game and force an overtime, the Sharks could score twice and end the Red Wings season at The Joe, or Darren Helm could score an insurance goal with an empty net goal after Antti Neimi is pulled for an extra skater.
But surely the Sharks would not allow the latter to happen after Niemi had been by far their best player of the night. Or would they…
Joe Louis Arena was rocking last night and now the series heads back out to San Jose for a game seven. All hands on deck the Red Sea is about to get rough with shark infested waters.
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