As many suspected, Mike Babcock made some changes to his starting lineup by separating Zetterberg and Datsyuk. Todd McLellan would go without any major changes, but opted to sit Ben Eager while giving Benn Ferriero the nod again.
At 6:29 of the first period, Ryane Clowe was called for interference and the Sharks killed off the Red Wing power play, putting them at 8-9 for the series at that point.
San Jose opened the scoring at 12:57 as Setoguchi knocked the puck out of midair on the Darren Helm high-sticking minor.
Detroit ramped up their play in response, especially on the forecheck reversing the tables on the Sharks.
Following a Ian White tripping penalty, the Red Wings draw even on Lidstrom’s second goal of the series with just 30 seconds left in the first period.
The Red Wings were out-shooting the Sharks 12-11 and San Jose looked flat in the first period being outhit 17-3.
A 13:59 in the second period the Red Wings fourth line put the home team ahead on Patrick Eaves’ backhander.
Just a minute later, Devin Setoguchi would answer for the Sharks as he heeled a slapshot that trickled past Jimmy Howard. Setoguchi would take an ill-advised penalty just a few minutes late at 16:33 for holding and the Red Wings capitalized.
Pavel Datsyuk had been one of the best Wings this series and he put Detroit ahead as the trailing man on the Red Wings powerplay. A quick snap shot found it’s way under Niemi’s arm for the 3-2 Detroit Red Wing lead.
The second period came to an end with the Red Wings clinging to their first lead of the series, and out-shooting the Sharks 26-19. The second period had been a strength for the Sharks, but they were clearly dominated in the second period by a determined Red Wing team.
San Jose had their chances in the third as they applied the pressure and started to play with some desperation. Jimmy Howard robbed the Sharks on several chances in the third, but with 4:08 left in the game the Sharks evened the score.
Dan Boyle collected his first goal of the series on a sequence from the Sharks third line, credit to Torrey Mitchell for the hustle on the backcheck. The Red Wings again poured on the pressure late in the third, but Antti Niemi turned away every chance they had.
Overtime loomed ahead as time ran out of regulation, with the Sharks roaring back in the third period and playing with the effort they needed. Following an ill-advised penalty, Devin Setoguchi would redeem himself just a few minutes following a Detroit surge.
Setoguchi collected the feed from Thornton and fired the puck past Howard for the overtime game-winner at 9:42 of the overtime session.