PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jiri Hudler scored the biggest goal of the series so far, a backhander early in the third period as the Detroit Red Wings rallied from Pittsburgh's early lead to beat the Penguins 2-1 and take a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup finals.
Hudler scored only 13 goals in 81 regular-season games, but got
his fifth and biggest of the playoffs at 2:26 of the third.
Detroit is the first team since the second round of the playoffs
to come back from a 1-0 deficit. Every team that scored the first
goal in the conference finals and in the first three games of the
Stanley Cup finals had won. Pittsburgh had been 11-and-0 when
scoring first and had won its last 17 at home, including all nine
previous playoff games this spring.
Nicklas Lidstrom's goal erased an early 1-0 Pittsburgh lead on
Marian Hossa's early goal. Chris Osgood made 22 saves between the
pipes for the Red Wings.
Detroit goes back home for Game 5 Monday night with a chance to
win its fourth Stanley Cup in 11 seasons by holding home-ice
advantage. The Red Wings can do so despite a near disappearance by
a power play that was 0-for-3 in Game 4 and is 2-of-22 in the