May 11, 2011

Red Wings Force Game 7

By - Kris Fletcher

Apparently, reports on the demise of the Detroit Red Wings were greatly exaggerated.

Once upon a time, they were in a 3-0 series hole to the San Jose Sharks. Now, they're a game away from becoming just the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after trailing it 3-0.

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Trailing 1-0 early in third-period Tuesday night, Detroit rallied to win by a final score of 3-1, sending the series back to San Jose for a deciding Game 7 on Thursday.

Logan Couture broke a scoreless tie early in the third to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. Henrik Zetterberg then tied it up a little more than halfway through the period. Less than two minutes after that, Valtteri Filppula gave the Red Wings the lead and they never relinquished it. Darren Helm added an empty-netter with a little over a minute remaining to seal the deal.

They were the more aggressive team throughout the night, as they outshot the Sharks 45-25.

Detroit is the second team this season to erase a 3-0 series deficit. Chicago did it in the first round before losing Game 7 to the Vancouver Canucks. The Philadelphia Flyers came all the way back last year in the second round, winning the final four games against the Boston Bruins.

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