It was looking like a bad night for the Red Wings as they trailed the Hurricanes 2-0 in the third period.
Even after cutting the margin to 2-1, it looked like the Eastern Conference might not be so welcome.
But as things looked bleak, team captain Henrik Zetterberg came to the rescue, as he pounced on a loose puck in front of a mad scramble and sent a slapshot past Canes goaltender Cam Ward with 16.4 seconds left to tie the game.
"I just tried to aim for a corner there and it just went through." Zetterberg said.
But the Wings weren't done.
Johan Franzen's shot was denied by Ward, but Canes defenseman Ron Hainsey couldn't clear the puck before Stephen Weiss intercepted it and knocked a rebound past Ward for his first goal as a Red Wing.
"We wanted to stay patient." said Weiss, who signed with the Wings in the offseason. "Z took over in the third & we were lucky enough to get it in overtime."
"That was a big win…good character win by all the boys in here."
The Canes opened the scoring in the first after Radek Dvorak deflected a shot past Jimmy Howard at 13:30 of the first.
Nathan Gerbe made it 2-0 on a power play as he beat Howard with a wrister at 18:11 of the second.
Justin Abdelkader got the Wings on the board 42 seconds into the third after Zetterberg dished to him, and he then snapped a wrist shot past Ward.
Ward finished with 35 saves on 38 shots. Howard finished with 23 stops.
"We found a way to dig in and get it done." Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "It's a real good win for us…you do good things and good things happen"
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