Late goal frenzy gets win for Wings
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"They did that (relax) for the first 40 minutes," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "But they've got enough pride and leadership to get the win."
"They turned it on in the third period,"
Holmstrom's power-play goal tied it at 2 at 8:05 of the third period.
Umberger then took an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty because he was the most vehement of the Columbus players who argued that Holmstrom backed into the crease and into Mason.
"It was a screen in front of the net," said Holmstrom, who has four goals and seven assists in his last eight games.
Commodore said the rugged
"He's been doing that for 15 years, however long. He's probably not going to change," Commodore said.
It took only 40 seconds for Holmstrom to demonstrate more of his net-front skills as he deflected
"It's good to get on a roll going into the playoffs. We just need to build off this," Howard said. "Friday night (in Columbus) I think we need to stick to our game plan a little bit better, start playoff hockey and that's getting the pucks in deep and just work them, throwing them to the net and getting dirty goals."
Blunden brought the
"No one in this locker room is happy about our season," he said. "We want to build on what we can for next season."
Columbus led 2-1 after the first period.
Kronwall opened the scoring 2:32 into the game, beating Mason with a wrist shot from the high slot after taking a drop pass from
Umberger tied it for the
Pahlsson gave Columbus the lead with 1:28 left in the opening period. He picked up a loose puck and put it in from the inside edge of the left circle.
"It was really disappointing, especially the first period. We still got the first goal but we didn't play good at all," Holmstrom said. "We were coughing up pucks, I think we had 17 turnovers in the first period. Lucky we pulled this one out."