Teetering all game, all series, the collapse finally came, in stunning, legendary fashion. The Red Wings are done, beaten by a feisty Edmonton team and perhaps battered by time.
Once in command, the Wings lost it completely and suddenly, surrendering four goals in the third period and falling to the Oilers 4-3 in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series Monday night. This was a shocking ouster, even by the Wings’ shocking recent standards, and it had a somber finality to it.
Just a huge, huge comeback in the third. Local boy and clutch performer Fernando Pisani sparks the comeback, and everybody’s least favourite player yesterday but favourite player today–Hemsky–seals the deal. What else is there?
The Mighty Ducks were mighty desperate.
And they played that way all game long, outlasting the Calgary Flames last night and eking out a 2-1 victory to force Game 7 in the Western Conference quarter-final series.
Needing a win to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive and overtime just minutes away, the Ducks caught a break when Scott Niedermayer’s attempt to centre the puck banked in off Rhett Warrener’s skate to break a 1-1 tie.