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Friday, May 6, 2011
Sharks-Wings: Sharks' rally not enough

By Pierre LeBrun


DETROIT -- The San Jose Sharks nearly pulled out another great comeback.

Down 3-0 to the Wings on Friday night, the Sharks has a shot at the series sweep after tying the game with goals from Logan Couture, Dan Boyle and Dany Heatley.

But the Wings' Darren Helm made sure there would be no similar comeback for the Sharks, who rallied from 4-0 down in Game 3 at Los Angeles in the previous round.

"I like the fact that we were resilient when we weren't playing real well," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan. "We found a way to claw our way back into it. Early in the game and even in the second period, we didn't have our legs. Detroit won a lot of races to loose pucks. They deserve full marks for the win. They were the better team. We have to regroup.

"We have an opportunity to win at home. We're going to learn from this one and we're going to be better."

Boyle, who made it 3-2 at 13:44 of the second period after roofing a shot past Jimmy Howard, said Detroit's torrid start was tough to overcome.

"One could argue we lost that game in the first 17 to 18 minutes," said Boyle. "We were a little sloppy defensively ... But regardless, we showed some character, we showed some heart, we fought back. Unfortunately at the end, they showed more poise than we did and got the winning goal."

The Sharks got the road splits most teams aim for on the road, but don't tell that to Boyle.

"Well, we wanted to finish it tonight. I mean we won the first one here. I'm not happy with the split. I don't think anybody here is. We all wanted to win tonight and you know, now they've got momentum going on their side. We need to get back to work and use our home ice to our advantage and get back to starting quickly and playing well."

Helm's line

Darren Helm's fourth line with Kris Draper and Patrick Eaves had some real jam Friday night.

"I thought that Helm line played real well for us tonight," said Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom. "They used their speed, they were getting the puck behind the defense and playing real solid offensively."

"We got some faceoffs in their zone and it felt like we were able to create some pressure and gain some momentum," said Eaves. "We got that goal and that was huge."

Helm got the winner with 1:27 left.

"Helmer was due," said Wings head coach Mike Babcock. "He turned the puck over for the first goal. He's a real good player and it didn't go his way in the last game."

Highlight goal

Todd Bertuzzi gave us a flashback to his heady Vancouver Canucks days with a spin-o-rama backhand goal to open the scoring Friday night.

"I just got a good pass up by Bear, then just tried to take it to the inside, got him moving the right way and got around him, tried to get a good, hard shot on net. It was nice to see it go in," said Bertuzzi.