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COMMENTARY | After getting just one goal past Anaheim goalie Jonas Hiller on Tuesday, April 30 in Game 1, the Detroit Red Wings' offense came alive on Thursday, May 2 in a 5-4 overtime win in Game 2.

The Red Wings had leads of 3-0 and 4-1 before the Ducks tied the game with just over 2 minutes remaining.

If this game proved anything, it's the Red Wings need to continue to shoot the puck. Look at Justin Abdelkader's goal just 48 seconds into the game. He took what appeared to be a harmless shot from the top of the circles and it deflected off Francois Beauchemin's stick and past Hiller.

It's not rocket science. The more pucks you get on net, the more opportunities you have to score.

In addition to putting more pucks on net, they kept a lot more pucks from reaching the net. The Ducks had more shots on goal in Game 2 (32) than they did in Game 1 (26), but the Red Wings had 24 blocked shots in Game 2 to 15 in Game 1.

It was obvious the Red Wings were content with the three-goal lead in the third period thinking the game was all but over. The majority of the play was in the Red Wings' defensive zone, and the Ducks' pressure kept the Red Wings on their heels.

Detroit has a lot of young guys who were playing in just their second career playoff game. This game was a good lesson for those guys that no lead is safe in playoff hockey.

However, they regrouped after the tying goal and put the pressure on the Ducks until the waning seconds of regulation and in overtime. Pavel Datsyuk had a great opportunity to end the game before overtime, but didn't lift the puck on a backhand shot and Hiller was able to make the save.

The Red Wings had their chances in Game 1 -- especially near the end of the game -- but couldn't convert on any of them. They had even more opportunities in Game 2, especially on the power play where they were 3 of 6.

The playoffs are all about special teams and goaltending. The Red Wings got the goaltending in Game 1 and the special teams in Game 2. Jimmy Howard gave his team every chance to come back in Game 1, but didn't have his best game in Game 2.

The Red Wings made up for the lack of goaltending by peppering Hiller with 32 shots in Game 2, 10 more than in Game 1.

If the Red Wings win Game 3 on Saturday, May 4, they win this series. They'll have a 2-1 series lead with at least one more home game and possibly two. Winning Game 2 in overtime after losing two three-goal leads was huge for the Red Wings' confidence.

A Game 3 win won't be easy as the Red Wings lost Danny DeKeyser for the rest of the playoffs with a broken right thumb. I had my doubts about DeKeyser jumping into the Red Wings lineup shortly after being signed, but he proved me wrong.

He's been solid on the blue line and has been a big part of the Red Wings making the playoffs.

However, look for Detroit to come out firing on all cylinders in front of the home crowd at Joe Louis Arena.

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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