DETROIT -- Brian Campbell said he would make the same play "a hundred more times."
Unfortunately for the veteran defenseman and his Blackhawks teammates, it only took one time for the Detroit Red Wings to capitalize on Campbell's turnover in overtime Tuesday night and come away with a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at Joe Louis Arena.
After a thrilling third period that saw the Hawks tie the game 2-2, Campbell gave up the puck while attempting a pass near the Wings' blue line and it sent Detroit on a three-on-one break that ended with Mikael Samuelsson beating goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin and ending the game 5 minutes 14 seconds into OT.
The victory gave Detroit a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-seven series that heads to the United Center for Game 3 Friday night. The Hawks are faced with the prospect of winning four of the next five games against the defending Stanley Cup champions to advance.
"On the goal there I'll do that play a hundred more times," Campbell said of the pass that led to Samuelsson's game-winner.
"That's a play I can make and I normally do make it. It's a tough way to lose and I don't feel too good about it right now. A lot of things are going on inside right now emotionally. I know me personally and the rest of the guys aren't going to quit."
Samuelsson's decider came after Jiri Hudler picked up the turned-over puck and raced down the left side of the ice. Hudler fed Valtteri Filppula, who then dropped it to Samuelsson and the veteran beat Khabibulin.
The Hawks fell despite two goals from Jonathan Toews and a strong effort from Khabibulin (35 saves). Brian Rafalski and Dan Cleary scored for the Wings and Chris Osgood made 37 saves.
"I thought we had a lot of great chances and got really close to closing it out," said Toews, who tied the score at 2-2 with 7:40 remaining in the third after redirecting a Kris Versteeg shot past Osgood. "They're a great team. It was a huge feat for us to play the way we did in the third period and mount a comeback and push it into overtime."
Toews' goal midway through the first gave the Hawks a 1-0 lead. With the Wings' Brad Stuart in the penalty box for tripping Versteeg, Toews struck when he fired a shot from the right side along the goal line that hit the skate of defenseman Jonathan Ericsson and caromed past Osgood into the net.
Very much like Game 1, the Hawks' lead was short-lived as Rafalski tied it at 1-1 just 3:54 later. Cleary's goal late in the second gave Detroit the lead before Toews sent the game into overtime.
"It was a tough way to end the game," Hawks winger Patrick Sharp said. "I thought we played a much better game than we did in Game 1. We showed character by battling back."
The Wings defeated the Hawks for the fourth consecutive time in a playoff game that has gone into overtime, dating to 1995.
"I didn't think we had any legs or any pop right through our lineup," Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "This is a team that's going to be difficult to put away. They're skilled and their goaltender's good."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun