Final OT

Series (Game 4 of 8)

Detroit leads 7-1

Game 1: Thursday, October 27th
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Game 2: Saturday, October 29th
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Game 3: Tuesday, November 1st
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Game 4: Friday, December 23rd
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Game 5: Saturday, March 11th
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Game 6: Sunday, March 12th
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Game 7: Friday, March 31st
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Game 8: Thursday, April 13th
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Red Wings 3

(24-9-3, 51 pts)

Blackhawks 2

(13-18-3, 29 pts)

8:30 PM ET, December 23, 2005

United Center, Chicago, Illinois

1 2 3 OT T
DET 0 0 2 13
CHI 1 1 0 02

N. Khabibulin (Blackhawks - G): Saves: 34, Save Pct.: .919

A. Aucoin (Blackhawks - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

N. Lidstrom (Red Wings - D): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Red Wings rally, beat Blackhawks in final second of OT

CHICAGO (AP) -- Two late goals and another in overtime gave the Detroit Red Wings the unlikeliest of victories.

Pavel Datsyuk scored a power-play goal with one second left in overtime to give Detroit a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks on Friday night. That was after Nicklas Lidstrom and Kris Draper netted goals in the final 39 seconds of regulation to erase a 2-0 Chicago lead and force the extra period.

Datsyuk fired a one-timer off a feed from Jason Woolley past Nikolai Khabibulin as the Red Wings pulled out their third straight win. The goal was allowed after a video review confirmed the puck went in before the end of the period.

Lidstrom and Draper both connected while Chris Osgood was on the bench for an extra attacker.

"Those goals were unbelievable," Datsyuk said. "I thought it was a Christmas present from Santa, a Russian Santa."

Datsyuk ripped in the winner while Chicago rookie defenseman Duncan Keith was serving a penalty for tripping Brett Lebda.

As far has Chicago coach Trent Yawney was concerned, his team -- the most penalized in the NHL -- had a win ripped away.

"That was a pretty good embellishment or acting job of a triple Salchow or whatever," Yawney said. "I expect the worst -- not when it comes to outcome -- but when it comes to penalties.

"But I'm not going to argue with the effort. We were in total control for 59 minutes. We had the game in hand and it should never have gotten to that point," he said.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock also thought Chicago outworked his team throughout most of regulation.

"Ninety-nine percent of the games are won by the team that works the hardest," Babcock said. "Tonight the team that worked the hardest got a loss. Tonight our guys came out with a win and we'll chalk it up to Santa Claus looking after us."

Khabibulin, who was in search of his first shutout with the Blackhawks, made 34 saves.

He lost the bid when Draper cut it to 2-1 with 39 seconds left on a mid-air deflection of Woolley's pass. Lidstrom tied it at 2 on a slap shot from the deep slot with seven seconds remaining in regulation.

"Right after the first goal we wanted to get the puck in deep and work it hard," Lidstrom said. "I was pretty much wide open on the point. I was creeping in on the shot and got good wood on the shot."

Tyler Arnason and Martin Lapointe scored for Chicago, which lost its third straight.

Osgood stopped 29 shots.

Arnason gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with 40 seconds left in the first period.

Mark Bell drove to the net past Detroit's Jason Williams. Osgood sprawled to poke-check the puck off Bell's stick, but Arnason trailed the play and fired in a high shot.

Lapointe extended Chicago's lead with 5:51 left in the second.

After Detroit's Tomas Holmstrom lost the puck at the Chicago blue line, Lapointe, Matthew Barnaby and Patrick Sharp broke down the ice. Lapointe, formerly of the Red Wings, drove to the right edge of the crease and scored on a tip-in after working a give-and-go with Barnaby.

The Red Wings recorded 10 shots in the first 6:22 of the third period. Khabibulin made point-blank stops on Henrik Zetterberg and Lebda. He stopped Zetterberg again with a close-in glove save 5:40 into the period.

Draper's deflection hit the right post with nine minutes left.

Game notes


Blackhawks rookie defenseman Brent Seabrook will miss four to six weeks with sprained left knee, sustained in Wednesday's loss to Nashville. Defenseman Anton Babchuk was recalled from AHL Norfolk. ... Chicago center Tuomo Ruutu, out since mid-October with a back injury, has resumed regular practices with the team. ... Blackhawks defenseman Jassen Cullimore missed his seventh game with a groin injury. ... Detroit captain Steve Yzerman missed his sixth straight game with a groin injury. Red Wings right winger Mikael Samuelsson missed the game because of a sore lower right leg. He was hit by a shot Tuesday against Columbus. ... The Blackhawks had their second home sellout of the season. Both have come against Detroit.

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