DETROIT -- The road ahead for the Red Wings doesn't get any harder than this.
"We just have to get ready for that next game," Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom said after his team fell to 3-0 in the series with the Sharks on Wednesday night. "We know what we have to do; otherwise it's over. The mentality is just going in there and winning one game, just winning that Game 4."
The Sharks now have won seven of eight playoff games against the Wings over the past 12 months.
"You don't think about what happened last year," Lidstrom said. "This is a new season, a new playoffs and we know what we have to do in Game 4. We have to go out there and just win one game to force this into another game. We know what's at hand. You have to break it down and not look at the big picture."
Lidstrom pointed to the fact that all three games in this series have been decided by one goal, and two in overtime.
"Well, we're close. We're right there with them," Lidstrom said. "It's just a matter of paying attention to details, coverage in our own zone and all the games have been so close. A one-goal game, one little mistake can decide a game, and that's what we're seeing so far."
Henrik Zetterberg played his best game of the series with two assists despite the 4-3 overtime loss.
"I think we did a lot of good things," Zetterberg said. "I think they did a lot of good things, too. But they scored more goals than we did. Couldn't really find a way to stop them on their power play. They scored a few goals there."
What is it going to take to beat these Sharks?
"If we knew, I think we would change that," Zetterberg said. "They're good players, and when you give them room, they execute when they have their chances. I think our power play was pretty good, too, today. Most of the time, that's what decides series like this, and when it's a tight game, it's the special teams that need to be good."
Wings goalie Jimmy Howard definitely thought his team got a raw deal Wednesday night.
"I thought we deserved to win. Point blank, I thought we deserved to win,'' Howard said.
Ericsson on the OT winner
"Thornton came into the neutral zone. I just came on the ice. By the time he laid the puck behind me, I didn't really know where the puck was," Ericsson said. "I turned inside to make sure he didn't get inside on me. 'Mule' [Johan Franzen] was coming, too, and we both kind of had a little bit of pressure on him. I think we had five guys back in the D-zone and they had two. He made a pass and shot it right away."
Wellwood continues strong play
"A great pickup before the deadline," Boyle said of Wellwood. "He's very smart and gifted. Whether he saw me or not, it doesn't matter; it was a great play."
The Sharks now have five overtime wins in the playoffs, halfway to the record set by the 1993 Stanley Cup champion Montreal Canadiens.
"I got that video for Christmas that year," Sharks winger Ryane Clowe said. "I watched it a million times when I was a Montreal fan growing up. I can probably tell you every guy that scored every OT goal. So yeah, I thought about that. It's pretty crazy. Halfway there but I don't know if I want to get to 10. Winning in regulation would be better."