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Home ice not much of an advantage for Wings

Posted on: May 4, 2010 11:13 pm
By Erin Brown

Home has not been sweet for the Detroit Red Wings as of late.

The Red Wings blew a two-goal lead in the third period of a must-win Game 3 and ultimately lost to the San Jose Sharks, 4-3, in overtime. They now trail the the series three games to none.

Joe Louis Arena has been a haven for Detroit in recent years, with the Red Wings going 20-4. But those last four losses have come in their last five games on home ice.

The Red Wings needed to accomplish three things in order to win on Tuesday: improve in the faceoff circle, shut down San Jose's power play and keep the Sharks from mounting a third period comeback. The first two, check. The last, not so much.

San Jose's Joe Thornton started the comeback with his second goal in as many games and Logan Couture knotted the game at three apiece with 6:43 to go in regulation. Patrick Marleau converted on a 2-on-1 with Thornton 7:07 into the extra period.

For San Jose, it was just its second win in 32 tries when entering the third period trailing by two goals.

Detroit now faces an 0-3 deficit for the 10th time in franchise history. Only once have they rallied to force a Game 7 -- in 1945 Stanley Cup Finals versus the Toronto Maple Leafs -- but failed to win the series. In all other cases, Detroit was swept.

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