Red Wings rally to clinch top seed in West
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"We are thrilled to win the conference," said Detroit head coach Dave Lewis. "It's a real reward for our guys."
Holmstrom's tip-in, at 4:22 of the third period, got Detroit a 2-2 tie. The rebound of a shot by
Then, with a Columbus player leaning on him, Lang notched his first goal with the
"It was a good third period," said Legace. "We are surely going to face some situations like that in the playoffs."
Columbus held an 11-8 shots advantage during a scoreless first period.
However, Detroit went ahead 1-0 early in the second period. Maltby tipped in a pass in the crease at 1:45.
Just over a minute later, Letowski was credited with a goal to forge a 1-1 tie for Columbus. Lang gathered a loose puck for Detroit and slid it toward his own crease. It deflected off the skate of Legace into the net.
MacLean's first goal since November 13, 1997 put the