Bits: Okposo, Tavares back in action for Worlds; Wings playoff oopsies

DETROIT - MAY 4: Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton celebrate lifting a mythological monkey off their backs.

A little this and that on a playoff mornin':

Playoff notes and video of two critical Red Wing mistakes after the jump...

Playoffs Last Night

Penguins 2 (EN), Canadiens 0: Marc-Andre Fleury made some huge bimely saves for the shutout in a Jacques Martin-style close one. I'd been waiting for that version of Fleury. [PensBurgh sings the Pens' defensive effort | Eyes on the Prize credits Crosby | FanHouse praises Fleury | nhl]

Sharks 4, Red Wings 3 (OT): Devastating for Detroit -- the 3-1 lead was blown late, thanks to a bad-angle goal on Jimmy Howard [video below], a possibility former Red Wings video coach (and current Sharks assistant) Jay Woodcroft tipped them to. On the OT winner, Brian Rafalski really misplayed the 2-on-1: His stick was up in the air, directing his backchecker, leaving him less prepared to stop Joe Thornton's cross-slot pass -- which, considering the ID of the passer, is one that requires all neurons on deck to intercept.

Nothing beats Game 7 OT, but Game 3 OT with one team up 2-0 in a series is nearly as riveting, since the possible outcome is so vastly different. You go from alive and well to dead man walking -- with a loss, you don't even get a handshake yet. The Wings, of course, are now toast.  [ nhl | Fear the Fin will be gloating when they get done drinking | Winging It says the Wings dug their own graves | Wings not dead yet (hears Monty Python) | Begun, the rewriting of the Thornton/Marleau playoff rep has]

 

Logan Couture's goal on Jimmy Howard


To tie a must-win game late in the third period? That hurts.

Marleau's Game-Winner from Thornton


Notice Rafalski's stick during the pivotal moment. That's a nicht-nicht.

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