Wow. I don't really have much to say other then, just, wow. It seemed like the Detroit Red Wings were finished. Done. They were down by a goal, under a minute to play, about to lose both games in San Jose and return to Detroit for Game Five down a pretty insurmountable 3 games to 1. Then, the Shark Tank, primed for a post-game celebration, went quiet. Robert Lang (the same Robert Lang who has often been criticized for his poor playoff performances), scored the game tying goal with just over 30-seconds to go, and then Matthew Schneider scored the game winner in overtime, and just like that, the Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks are tied at two games a piece and it is a whole new, brand new series. How about that? And for those of you who don't get Versus or weren't up at 1:30 a.m. to see the highlights, here they are, including the game tying and game winning goals, courtesy of ESPN.
Thomas Holmstrom scored the first goal of the game for the Wings, proving once again (as if we didn't know already) just how valuable he is to the team. And then coming back in overtime, getting the win in San Jose, stealing home ice advantage back. You just start to get the feeling that things are falling right for the Wings this playoff run. It certainly is not over yet against San Jose, but the Sharks have to be deflated after coming so close to really all but ending the series, and if there is one team in the NHL I would not want to give second life to, it would be the Detroit Red Wings. Let's just hope the Wings can make the Sharks regret not slamming the door when they had the chance.