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No Sweep, Sharks Lose To Red Wings In Game 4

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Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks can't get a shot off in front of Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during the third period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Detroit won the game 4-3. San Jose leads the series 3-1. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Patrick Marleau #12 of the San Jose Sharks can’t get a shot off in front of Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings during the third period in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Detroit won the game 4-3. San Jose leads the series 3-1. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (CBS / AP) — Darren Helm scored with 1:27 left in the third period, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to an elimination-avoiding 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal series on Friday night.

The Sharks will take their 3-1 series lead back home with a chance to advance on Sunday night to the NHL’s final four.

Detroit is trying to become the fourth NHL team to win a series after trailing 3-0.

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Veteran defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom scored twice in the first period to help the Red Wings take a three-goal lead that they let slip away.

Logan Couture had a goal 15 seconds after Lidstrom’s second, Dan Boyle scored midway through the middle period to pull San Jose within 3-2, and Dany Heatley tied it early in the third.

Helm put Detroit back ahead for good, scoring from the left circle off a cross-ice pass from Patrick Eaves, who got the puck off a long rebound following Brian Rafalski’s shot.

Jimmy Howard made 25 saves for the win. San Jose’s Antti Niemi stopped 26 shots.

The second-round rematch has mirrored last year’s matchup between the teams. San Jose won the first three games by a goal each time, but couldn’t complete the sweep.

Todd Bertuzzi scored first this time 6:22 in, just as he did last year in Game 4, when he gave Detroit a 1-0 lead at 5:40.

The Red Wings went on to win that game 7-1 before getting eliminated in Game 5.

Detroit appeared to be on the way to another blowout win after Lidstrom scored twice in the first period to make it 3-0, but San Jose refused to get routed.

Couture quieted Joe Louis Arena at 18:16 of the first, and Boyle silenced the fired-up fans when he made it 2-1 at 13:44 of the second.

Detroit had chances to add to its lead in the second, but went 0 for 3 on the power play in the period.

San Jose didn’t have a power play in the first two periods.

The Sharks got their chance 4:12 into the third, shortly after tying the game, but they didn’t take advantage. San Jose had another power play with 8:25 left and failed to score.

Bertuzzi started the scoring with a spectacular play, making a 360-degree spin with the puck and beating Niemi with a backhander from the right circle.

From the other circle, Lidstrom’s slap shot off a long rebound made it 2-0 midway through the first period. Lidstrom got control of a pass with his left skate, whacked the puck out of the air, and bounced it past Niemi.

The cheers turned to groans seconds later when Helm had a giveaway, and Howard gave up what seemed like a soft goal to Couture.

Howard went low and Boyle shot high after a cross-ice pass caught back-checking forward Jiri Hudler out of position to make it 3-2 midway through the second period.

The Red Wings were scrambling to keep up with San Jose on the tying goal, as well, leaving Heatley alone in front for a shot that Howard couldn’t stop.
Detroit, though, made the big play in the heart-pounding final minutes to avoid elimination.

NOTES: Lidstrom’s first goal gave him 181 career playoff points, breaking a second-place tie with Ray Bourque for scoring by a defenseman, and broke an 11th-place tie overall with Jaromir Jagr. … The 2010 Flyers, 1942 Maple Leafs and 1975 Islanders are the only NHL teams to overcome 3-0 deficits to win a best-of-seven playoff series. … Detroit stuck to its Game 3 lineup, making veteran forward Mike Modano a healthy scratch again.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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