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Ken Kal Recaps Game 4

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DETROIT - MAY 6: Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks makes a save behind Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings during the third period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 4-3. San Jose leads the series 3-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

DETROIT – MAY 6: Antti Niemi #31 of the San Jose Sharks makes a save behind Johan Franzen #93 of the Detroit Red Wings during the third period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 4-3. San Jose leads the series 3-1. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Just arrived in San Jose. (5:30 Detroit time) Just thought I’d share a few comments about last night’s 4-3 win before I get some sleep.

Wow what a game and what a finish! The crowd was outstanding at Joe Louis Arena. The fans stood and cheered on the Red Wings from the last tv commercial break to the end of the game and I truly believe the cheering inspired the team. Then when Darren Helm fired that puck into the net for the go ahead goal, the building shook!

Let’s not forget Patrick Eaves. He made a beautiful pass over to Helm who fired the puck past Antti Niemi for the game winner. The Red Wings are still alive! Now they must build on this win and carry this momentum into Game 5 on Sunday. It will be a hornets nest at HP Pavilion on Sunday, but I don’t think that will bother Detroit at all. Keep in mind the Red Wings were one of the best road teams in the NHL during the regular season. They know how to win away from the Joe. This is another reason why I believe the Wings aren’t done yet.

San Jose is a very good team. It looked like the Red Wings were going to roll after taking a 3-0 lead in the first, but the Sharks inched their way back to tie the game. The Sharks found ways to win in the first three games of the series, but it was the Red Wings that found a way to win in game 4.

The team is getting some much needed sleep as I write this after about a 5 1/2 hour flight. They will practice at 12 noon (3pm Detroit time) and get prepared for game 5.

As for me, I’ll get a few hours of sleep, go to practice, watch the Kentucky Derby, get some dinner and tune into the Vancouver-Nashville game.

Sunday’s game will be here soon. I can’t wait.

Fans….you were great last night!

P.S. I like Midnight Interlude in the Derby!

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