DETROIT – An awful trend has occurred over the final 20 minutes of each of the Wings’ last two playoff games.
Detroit has allowed six goals in the third period, three in each of the last two games.
“We’ve got to keep playing the way we want to play,” captain Henrik Zetterberg said. “Stick to our game plan. In Game 2 we sat back a little too much. Today we had to really get that next goal. Unfortunately they got that second one before (we got the first).”
In Game 2, the Wings held a 4-1 lead early in the third period only to watch Anaheim score three to tie things and send the game into overtime that Detroit eventually won 5-4.
On Saturday, Detroit trailed 1-0 heading into the third period before allowing three goals over the final 20 minutes to leave Joe Louis Arena on the wrong end of a 4-0 decision.
“I don’t think the one night has anything to do with it,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “We had everything setup perfect for us. When we gave up that second goal we let it affect us. We shouldn’t have let it affect us, that’s what the game’s all about poise and maturity. We didn’t show that.”
“We have to find a way to play 60 minutes,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I know we talk about it over and over. Enough talk we just have to go out there and do it too. Last game it’s a lot easier, we were up 4-1, it’s easy to get comfortable and they came back and tied it up. Tonight for some reason we couldn’t get the jump in the third period.”