A minute and fifty two seconds is all it took for the Blackhawks to score in overtime and turn the series a little more favorably for Sunday's Game 4. Patrick Sharp connected on a pass from Sammy Pahlsson with a gaping net for his second goal of the game and the Blackhawks first win of the series.
The Blackhawks got on the board first as Patrick Sharp scored on the second half of a power play the result of a double minor penalty to Dan Cleary. The shot from Brent Seabrook came from the point and Sharp got a stick on it. The Wings killed off the first part of the penalty but gave up a powerplay goal for the 12th straight game.
Andrew Ladd added a second Chicago goal by following his own shot and stuffing the rebound through Osgood's pads for a 2-0 lead, midway through the 1st period.
Then the game got very intense. Niklas Kronwall caught Martin Havlat with his head down and delivered one his patented blue-line hits. Havlat was knocked out and would not return in the game. Unfortunately for the Red Wings and Kronwall, neither would he; 5 minute major for interference and 10 minute game misconduct. Tempers flared but the Wings were able to kill of the 5 minute major and head into the locker room.
As the second period started, it looked like it would be more of the same as Sammy Pahlsson deflected a Duncan Keith shot from the point past a helpless Osgood for a commanding 3-0 lead just 45 seconds into the new period.
They say no lead is safe in the new NHL and boy are they right. Detroit found the back of the net three times in 5 minutes and knotted the game up at 3 heading into the third period. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the point off of Pahlsson's skate and past Nikolai Khabibulin to cut the lead to 2 with a powerplay goal at 14:38 of the 2nd period. Brian Rafalski wristed a shot from the blue line on net and past Khabibulin for a 3-2 game.
Enough goals from defensemen yet? Nope. Jonathan Ericsson blasted a puck from the point--again--and past Khabibulin for a tied game with under a minute to play in the second period. The second period was the last that Khabibulin would see as Cristobal Huet replaced him for the third period.
Huet wasn't tested often as the Wings only mustered 6 shots on the backup. The third period was relatively uneventful save for a few chances here and there and a late third period rush by the Blackhawks. Chicago controlled the second half of the third period and was able to get opportunities on a defense that was now down to only five players.
None of the goals in regulation were really that memorable but Sharp's OT winner will instill great memories and confidence in the Blackhawk faithful that this is far from over.
Casey's Red Wing of the Game: Can I give it to the entire defense? Look, I know they allowed four goals but considering they had to rotate for the penalized Kronwall, it was a miracle that this game wasn't a laugher and that it went to overtime. Also, all three goals came from the defense. If i have to choose, it'd be Brad Stuart. Stuart had an assist and a blocked shot in 28:39 of ice time. He also jumped up in the offensive rush on several occasions and created chance for the Wings.
#23 / Defenseman / Detroit Red Wings
Nov 06, 1979
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Game 4 is Sunday at 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC. Expect a raucous crowd as the Blackhawks are back in this thing and a win would tie it up.