Datsyuk/By S. Bradley

The Detroit Red Wings’ season looked over; and then it wasn’t.

Down two goals to series-leading San Jose early in the third period in last night’s Game 5, the Wings seemed destined for the golf course.

But goaltender Jimmy Howard, forward Tomas Holmstrom and defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom had a different idea. Most of all, star forward Pavel Datsyuk wouldn’t let the season end.

The Wings reeled off three straight goals and hung on for a 4-3 win to stave off elimination and force Game 6 in Detroit Tuesday. For his efforts in racking up three assists and being a defensive dynamo, Pavel Datsyuk is the TheBruinsBlog.net Star of the Night.

Earlier in the day, there were rumors Datsyuk wouldn’t play in Game 5 because of a wrist injury. The Sharks wish those rumors had become fact.

Detroit Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg admitted in his story that he wasn’t quite sure what he had just witnessed.

In his column he explained of Datsyuk’s play:

Datsyuk was his usual brilliant self – lifting sticks, stealing pucks, leaving no fingerprints.

All he left was an emotional scar on the Sharks, who probably can’t believe what they saw and that they’re headed back to Detroit for another game.

Honorable mention: Tomas Holmstrom (GWG with 6:08 left), Niklas Kronwall (2 assists) and Jimmy Howard (39-for-42 saves) of Detroit; Logan Couture (G, 6 SOG) and Joe Pavelski (G, 6 SOG) of San Jose.

Last night’s score
Detroit 4, San Jose 3

Tonight’s game
Vancouver at Nashville, 8