SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Tomas Holmstrom broke a tie with 6:08 left, and the Detroit Red Wings scored three third-period goals to avoid elimination with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 5 last night.
"There's a lot of character on this team. There's not any quit," said Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 39 saves. "Our season was on the line there in the third period, and we found a way."
Logan Couture scored 54 seconds into the third period to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead. Then the Red Wings, sparked by the playmaking of center Pavel Datsyuk (three assists) scored two quick goals before Holmstrom redirected the winner past Antti Niemi (18 saves).
"I think you put yourselves in a very dangerous position if you get back on your heels against that team," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "I didn't think we did that tonight. They just outplayed us in the third period."