COMMENTARY | It's amazing how one shot can change the entire dynamic of a series.
The Red Wings, yet again, found a way to win in what might as well have been a must-win contest as Game 5 will take place in Anaheim. With the win, the Red Wings also guaranteed themselves one more home game.
Here are a few observations from the Game 4 win:
Red Wings playing from behind too much
Despite winning two games against the Ducks, the Red Wings haven't held the lead for much of the series.
The teams have played a total of 256:31, and the Red Wings have led just 56:50 of that time, which all came in Game 2. The rest of the time, they have played from behind or were tied.
Don't get me wrong, it's amazing they have been able to split the series while playing from behind for a good chunk of the time, but it's something coach Mike Babcock would no doubt like to change.
Even if playing from behind is working, no team will admit it enjoys playing from behind or it's in their best interest. Playing from behind makes you take more risks, which can lead to more opportunities for your opponent.
Why can't Pavel Datsyuk shoot more?
I know Pavel Datsyuk is a play maker more than a goal scorer, but after seeing his game-tying goal in Game 4 every Red Wings fan must be wondering why he doesn't shoot the puck more.
That shot was absolutely amazing, not to mention the deke he made at the blue line to give himself space from the defender.
He's got a lethal shot, but doesn't utilize it as much as he should. He averaged about 2.3 shots per game during the season. I would like to see that go up to three or four shots per game.
Note to Red Wings: More Shots = Wins
Through the first four games of this series, the Red Wings have 22, 32, 23 and 49 shots, respectively. Based on the shots alone, you can guess which games the Red Wings won.
In Game 4, the Red Wings had 41 shots before overtime even started. The more pucks they get on net, the more opportunities they have to score. I sound like a broken record, but it bears repeating.
Both of Anaheim's goals in Game 4 were off of rebounds. The Red Wings should take note.
Tom Mitsos is a Michigan native who covers the Detroit Red Wings for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. He also is a high school sports reporter at MLive Media Group. You can find Tom on Twitter @tom_mitsos.
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