Experience comes through

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:56 AM ET


 The Detroit Red Wings have heard it plenty before.

 When they win, it's thanks to experience.

 When they lose, it's because they're too old.

 Last night, the Wings' experience won out over the relative youth of the Calgary Flames, in winning 4-2 in Game 4 and squaring the NHL's best-of-seven second-round series.

 The salty old Red Wings did not allow themselves to get rattled after a furious two-goal comeback by the Flames in an 18-second span of the middle period that tied the game and lifted the lid off the Saddledome.

 "It was a tough spot to be in," said Red Wings forward Boyd Devereaux, who scored the game's second goal to stake his team to a 2-0 lead. "Until the 18 seconds, we seemed to be in control of the game. They came charging right back, so I think it was a good idea to take the time-out and try to cool down and realize it was still a tie game.

 "Definitely, it was a momentum shift."

 And so head coach Dave Lewis executed a perfect time-out call following the two home-side goals.

 It was hailed by his charges as the game's turning point.

 And it spelled danger for the less-experienced Flames, who couldn't hold back the Wings after the time-out and a timely 2-on-1 save by goaltender Curtis Joseph.

 "Totally," said Devereaux of the experience advantage.

 "We've got a veteran locker-room. But regardless, it's a tough thing to deal with having (momentum) swing that fast.

 "I thought the guys did a real good job of hanging in there, staying calm and trying to get back to our game plan.

 "It was kind of a shocking turnaround. It did take a lot of guts on the part of the guys to just remain calm and finish the second and come out and have a solid third."

 Eventually it led to the winning goal. The young guys helped set it up for the veterans, when Mathieu Dandenault poked home the game-winner in the third period.

 "We had to adjust there," said veteran winger Kirk Maltby.

 "And I thought after the time-out, we got back to doing a better job of our jobs."


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