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Ken Kal Recaps Game 5

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SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 08: Ian White #9 of the San Jose Sharks falls on the ice after being hit by Jonathan Ericsson #52 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 8, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

SAN JOSE, CA – MAY 08: Ian White #9 of the San Jose Sharks falls on the ice after being hit by Jonathan Ericsson #52 of the Detroit Red Wings in Game Five of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 8, 2011 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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I wonder how many fans turned off their TV or radio after Logan Couture scored 54 seconds into the 3rd period, said this game is over and went to bed? I wonder how many of those people woke up this morning, flipped on The Ticket to hear Stoney, Bill and Sarah talking about the great Red Wings comeback and said, “what do you mean the Red Wings won?” The bottom line here is that you can’t give up on this team. They have too much pride to just give up and call it a season. They are going to battle to the bitter end. Last night, when their playoff lives were on the line, they stepped up their game and found a way to win. San Jose played perhaps their best game of the series. They outshot Detroit, they had great scoring chances but the Red Wings found a way to get the job done. Dan Cleary played like a man possessed. Pavel Datsyuk put on a passing clinic. Jonathan Ericsson scored his first goal of the post-season. Tomas Holmstrom tipped in a Nick Lidstrom shot for the game winner and Jimmy Howard stopped 39 shots to give his team a chance to win.

We’ve got a series now. Game 6 will be Tuesday in Detroit and the Red Wings have a great opportunity to tie up this thing. Think about that for a moment. Just three days ago many fans were pronouncing this team dead. Now Detroit has a chance to tie the series then force a deciding Game 7. That’s how quickly things can change in the NHL. That’s playoff hockey! Professional sports are filled with great comebacks and fantastic finishes. This series isn’t over yet. The Joe will be rocking on Tuesday. I can’t wait for game 6!

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