Havlat hands Wings another road loss in OT

It was another frustrating loss as the Wings fell in OT to a goal from Martin Havlat.

The Wings can at least look forward to the fact that they were able to get a point for making it into OT. They still sit at fourth in the West, only two points ahead of Nashville.

The first period was the most active, as Joe Pavelski scored the first goal of the night with less than a minute into the period. Martin Havlat followed suit near the end of the period to give San Jose a two-goal lead.

The Wings were not out of it yet. In his first game back since having knee surgery, Pavel Datsyuk scored shortly after Havlat, to cut the Sharks' lead down to one.

Both teams would go scoreless in the second, but Valtteri Filppula would tie up the contest midway through the third, eventually leading into OT.

In the third minute of OT, Martin Havlat would score off a rebound against an immobile Jimmy Howard, who had been run into by Justin Abdelkader. Even with another loss under his belt, Howard stopped 32 shots.

The loss concluded another fruitless run on the road for the Wings, who have dropped four straight. The Wings were also without captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Johan Franzen, two very important pieces to the franchise. As of now, the Wings are happy to just have their most talented player back on the ice.

"He looked like a player who has been out, but you know he's going to get better," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said after the game. "That was a big deal for us to have him out there and give us some swagger."

The Wings can look forward to being back on home ice on Monday when they host the Washington Capitals.

There is no word as to when the Wings will see the return of Lidstrom or Franzen, but with Datsyuk back in the lineup they should feel more confident as they try to hang on in their divsion and conference, both of which are now being led by St. Louis.

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