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Wings Blown Lead Could Blow Series

The Detroit Red Wings have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals for the past two consecutive seasons, but their dreams to make it a third may be coming to an end. The Wings couldn’t hold on to a 3-1 lead, and not only lost to the San Jose Sharks in overtime, but went down 3-0 in the series and have the chance to be eliminated on home ice on Thursday.

Up 1-0 late in the first period, the Wings looked to increase their lead when they were awarded a penalty shot. Rookie Logan Couture was called for swatting the puck underneath his goaltender inside the crease . Though it was Todd Bertuzzi who was robbed of a scoring chance, the Wings chose to go with Henrik Zetterberg for the shot. Zetterberg, who had a goal called off earlier in the period, tried for the back hand and was stoned by the glove of Evgeni Nabokov.

Goals by Devin Setoguchi, Joe Thornton, and Couture put the Sharks back into the game, but it was Patrick Marleau who got the game winner in the extra period. The Sharks have been known as of late to be more than exceptional in the regular season, but below average in the post season. They look to change that.

Can the Wings, who in the five times they have been down three games in the playoffs have never come back to win, dig themselves out of this hole? It wouldn’t be safe to count them out as the entire hockey world is pretty familiar with what they are capable of, but it is definitely a long shot. Game Four is tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. EST at the Joe.

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