Dande-oh-nault!

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET


 The cow tongue flung from the crowd in the second period wasn't the only one stuck on the ice.

 Later on, five others were dragging just as low and the end result was a disappointing 4-2 Detroit victory that pulled the Red Wings even in what's turning into a fantastic playoff series.

 After the Calgary Flames regrouped from a two-goal deficit early in the second period, Detroit's newest version of the Two Kids and An Old Goat Line shifted momentum in the biggest way possible last night at the Saddledome.

 The trio of Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Brett Hull didn't score what ended up being the game-winning goal -- in fact, they weren't even on the ice -- but their seemingly endless whirling and spinning in the offensive zone midway through the third period kept a quintet of Flames on the ice for what seemed an eternity.

 With Calgary's skaters -- especially defencemen Andrew Ference and Steve Montador -- near exhaustion, Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff could only get a small piece of Tomas Holmstrom's sharp-angled shot and Mathieu Dandenault pushed it to the twine.

 "They just wore the defence down, gave us momentum and we got the lead," said Wings forward Kirk Maltby. "When we get momentum in the third period, we're a tough team to come back on."

 The Flames couldn't come back for the second time on the night. As a result, the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series is tied at two wins apiece and returns to Detroit for tomorrow's matinee.

 "I had the opportunity to get it down (the ice) but didn't and that kept the play in," Montador said, refusing to deflect blame.

 "They ended up taking advantage of it. Certainly, icing the puck should have been the right play."

 His coach thought another party was to blame.

 "The left-winger (Oleg Saprykin) has got to recognize he's at the end of a shift," said GM/head coach Darryl Sutter. "He's got the puck, shoot it down the ice. That's all you've got to do. You're in overtime at that point."

 If you like a game of full-scale momentum switches, this was a tilt for you.

 The Wings came out flying, surprising nobody, due to their their desperate need to even the series. Maltby opened the scoring only 26 seconds into the night to the chagrin of the 19,289 on hand.

 The lead doubled exactly three minutes into the second period when Boyd Devereaux snapped a perfectly placed biscuit through a couple of legs and inside the post.

 That's when the Flames stormed back.

 Martin Gelinas and Ville Nieminen tallied 18 seconds apart, setting a new club record in the process, and Calgary spent the rest of the frame pushing for the critical go-ahead marker.

 Shean Donovan was denied on a beautiful two-on-one with Nieminen and Gelinas came oh-so-close to burying a high wraparound attempt but they couldn't put another past birthday boy Curtis Joseph before Zetterberg iced it with an empty-netter.

 "It wasn't just that (game-winning goal that decided the game), it was only one-and-a-half minutes," said Jarome Iginla. "In the third period, they were better than us. It was there for both teams but they beat us in the third period and took the game."

 Not helping the cause was the fact Calgary again had to go without defensive leader Rhett Warrener, who missed the second straight game due to an eye injury.

 "They did a better job against our young defence in our zone," Sutter said.


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