Wings strike in overtime

Detroit Red Wings (from left) Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom and Marian Hossa celebrate during...

Detroit Red Wings (from left) Brian Rafalski, Nicklas Lidstrom and Marian Hossa celebrate during Game 2 of the Western Conference final against the Chicago Blackhawks. (QMI Photo)

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

DETROIT -- Brian Campbell made no bones about it.

He fitted the goat horns on himself.

Had the cute pass the Chicago Blackhawks defenceman tried at his own blueline worked, his team could be even in their Western Confernence final series with the Detroit Red Wings.

Instead, the resulting turnover led to Mikael Samuelsson's overtime winner in last night's 3-2 Red Wings victory.

"It's a tough way to lose," said Campbell, dejected but trying to show a brave face.

"I don't feel too good about it right now.

"I keep it in, and maybe we're celebrating."

Instead, the defending Red Wings are in control of the series having taken the first two meetings in the best-of-seven set. The Blackhawks have to be wondering how good an effort it will take to win the series when it resumes Friday night in Chicago.

Five minutes into the overtime period, Campbell noticed that Samuelsson had cheated by leaving Cam Barker alone at the other point. Campbell tried to feather a pass across the ice, which would have sprung his defence partner for a scoring chance.

Instead, Samuelsson started a three-on-one rush, and he completed a pretty three-way passing play which included Jiri Hudler and Valtteri Filppula.

"I usually don't go over to the other defenceman. I did that time, and it worked," said Samuelsson, who netted his fifth goal of the playoffs.

"Kind of a risky play, they had something good going on there. I just went over there and put my stick down for the back-door pass and intercepted it.

"I put it to them and kept skating with them. It was a great pass from Fill."

A great end to an entertaining affair before the sold-out Joe Louis Arena crowd of 20,066.

This game had it all. End-to-end rushes. Hard hitting. Lead changes.

What more could you want?

"If you're a hockey fan and not a coach, it was probably really exciting," said Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

"I didn't think we had any legs or any pop, whatsoever, and I thought it was evident. We had good will and good determination, but no legs."

Brian Rafalski and Dan Cleary also scored for the Red Wings, who have a chance to sweep the series.

"We found a way to win two games against a really good team," Babcock said.

"It gives us a good start, but this is a team that's going to be very difficult to put away. They're determined. They're skilled and their goalie is playing well."

So is Detroit's netminder, Chris Osgood.

Rarely are the Wings outshot, but Osgood made 37 saves, 18 shots in the first period alone, to claim an excellent goaltending battle with Nikolai Khabibulin.

"They come at you from every angle, they're so fast and every line has a guy that can score and their defence is offensive and quick," Osgood said. "I can't let up for a second against anybody that's on the ice. Even the guys who don't have much scoring prowess throw pucks to the net and crash the net.

"They're a very good team. I've been impressed the first two games."

Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored both goals for the Hawks, who have a couple of days to regroup.

"Confidence is high," Campbell insisted. "We're a confident group of guys here. We wanted somebody to be the hero again. It's unfortunate. We'll look at some stuff and be better.

"It is tough. A lot of things going on inside right now, emotionally, but I know personally and the rest of the guys are not going to quit and will come back hard Friday night."


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