The Malik Report
by George Malik on 05/11/11 at 07:09 AM ET
The first time a Red Wing seemed rattled all night, maybe all series, was in the Detroit dressing room after Tuesday’s 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Goaltender Jimmy Howard was answering a question about how the Wings had come back and tied this second-round series, saying it had been business as usual and the guys had kept the same confident demeanor all along, when suddenly his voice trailed off.
“Good to see you,” Howard said.
Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey himself, had come to give his congratulations. They shook hands. Howard beamed, then returned to his interview. Or tried to.
“So I … I forgot the answer,” Howard said.
The Wings are within reach of history now. Win Game 7 on Thursday night at San Jose, and they can do one of the few things they haven’t done, something Howe and Ted Lindsay and Steve Yzerman and all the other Detroit legends never did. They can become only the fourth NHL team ever to rally from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.
“Expect it,” said Howe, 83, wearing a Wings windbreaker. “If they play like they did tonight, there’s no doubt they can do it.”
NHL.com happened to capture both events:
The words, “Mr. Lindsay was down here this morning” and, “Vladdie was here before the game” are pretty special, too.
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