Eighteen shots in the first period. Fourteen in the second. Pucks off posts, just missing wide, hitting defensemen's sticks, getting swallowed up in desperation saves by Antti Niemi.
The Detroit Red Wings entered Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals as they did Game 5 and Game 4 — playing for their lives. Only this time they came out and kicked the San Jose Sharks' collective ass for 40 minutes at the Joe … with nothing to show for it.
Logan Couture's goal at 3:54 of the third, just inching over the goal line, seemed to point this game towards your classic "one team is dramatically outplayed yet wins by happenstance" scenario. But that's not where it ended up, thanks to big plays by the Red Wings and lapses by the
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