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Red Wings avoid elimination

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Associated Press
May 9, 2011
— Tomas Holmstrom broke a tie with 6:08 remaining, and the Detroit Red Wings had three third-period goals to avoid elimination with a 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night.

Danny Cleary and Jonathan Ericsson also scored in the final period to send the series back to Detroit for Game 6 on Tuesday night. After winning the first three games, San Jose is clinging to a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.


Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi scored to help the Sharks take a 3-1 lead early in the third period. Then the Red Wings scored two quick goals before Holmstrom redirected the winner past Antti Niemi.


Niklas Kronwell also scored, and Jimmy Howard made 39 saves for Detroit.


The Red Wings took a huge step toward adding to their already storied history.


Only three NHL teams have overcome 3-0 deficits to win a best-of-seven series.



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