Wings need OT to tie up Sharks
Heatley, Ottawa push N.J. to brink
Two key mistakes by the San Jose Sharks led to Mathieu Schneider's overtime goal last night.
Schneider scored on the power play 16:04 into overtime to cap visiting Detroit's rally from a two-goal deficit. The Red Wings' 3-2 win over San Jose tied the second-round series at two games apiece.
After the Red Wings tied the game on Robert Lang's goal with 33.1 seconds left in regulation, Schneider won it following a bad penalty by Craig Rivet and a bad giveaway by Scott Hannan.
The Red Wings were on the power play because Rivet accidentally shot the puck into the seats from his own zone, leading to a delay-of-game call. With the puck deep in San Jose's end, Hannan tried to clear it up the middle, but Schneider batted it down and fired a shot past Evgeni Nabokov for the winner.
The Red Wings had to kill off a power play earlier in the overtime, getting a big save from Dominik Hasek on a point-blank shot from Marcel Goc.
The series moves back to Detroit for Game 5 Saturday before returning to San Jose Monday.
The Red Wings also rallied to win Game 2, getting the winner from Pavel Datsyuk with 1:24 left. This comeback took even longer. With Hasek off the ice for an extra skater in the final minute of regulation, the Sharks appeared poised to take a 3-1 series lead.
But Detroit gained control of the puck in the neutral zone and Valtteri Filppula fed Lang -- who played three games for the Bruins 10 years ago -- and he beat Nabokov with a wrist shot from just inside the top of the circle.
Tomas Holmstrom, playing his first game since he injured his eye when Calgary's Craig Conroy hit him with his stick April 22, scored a power-play goal in the final seconds of the second period to start Detroit's comeback. Holmstrom went back to the locker room in overtime with an apparent injury.
Senators 3, Devils 2 -- Dany Heatley set up Daniel Alfredsson's goal, then scored unassisted, leading Ottawa over visiting New Jersey for a 3-1 edge in their series.
Heatley, Ottawa's two-time 50-goal scorer, took a shot from the right boards that struck Martin Brodeur's right skate and went between the goalie's pads late in the second period to give Ottawa a 2-1 edge. "Honestly, that one I was trying to hit [Jason] Spezza off the backpost and got a good bounce," Heatley said.
Heatley also helped Alfredsson open the scoring 4:34 in with a centering pass from behind the net. Mike Fisher added Ottawa's third goal in the third period and Ray Emery stopped 29 shots.
Jay Pandolfo tipped Paul Martin's point shot past Emery midway into the third period to draw New Jersey within one. Brian Gionta had tied it, 1-1, on a power play in the second period with his eighth goal of the playoffs.
The Buffalo Sabres might have the services of forward Paul Gaustad for Game 5 tomorrow night against the visiting New York Rangers. Gaustad has been cleared to play after severing a tendon above his left ankle Feb. 7.