SAN JOSE, Calif. - From Chris Chelios to Dominik Hasek, the Detroit Red Wings all felt they won their second-round series five days before the clinching victory Monday night.
That's when the Red Wings rallied from a two-games-to-one series hole to the San Jose Sharks and a one-goal deficit in the final minute, tying Game 4 with 33 seconds left before winning in overtime.
The rest of the series was a mere formality to the resurgent Red Wings - including the 2-0 victory in Game 6 on Monday night that sent the longtime playoff underachievers on to the Western Conference finals in style.
Mikael Samuelsson scored two first-period goals, Dominik Hasek posted his 13th career playoff shutout, and the Red Wings rolled off three straight victories against the deflated Sharks, who never recovered from their last-minute flop at the Shark Tank in Game 4.
"It changed the momentum when we won [Game 4]," said Hasek, who made 28 saves in his first shutout of the spring.
Gomez to test free agency. Scott Gomez packed his equipment and bid farewell to the Continental Airlines Arena and quite possibly the New Jersey Devils. The 27-year-old center will become an unrestricted free agent in July, and he clearly intends to test the market.
"We have gone this far, it would be foolish not to see what's out there," Gomez said. "That doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean I am leaning one way or I don't want to be here."
Dubielewicz gets deal. The New York Islanders rewarded third-string goalie Wade Dubielewicz for leading the team's final-week surge to the playoffs by signing him to a one-year contract. Dubielewicz, a 28-year-old career minor-leaguer, is expected to serve as Rick DiPietro's backup next season. He agreed to a one-way NHL contract that will pay him $500,000.