Goalie down. That’s what you saw. After three crazy periods and 15 minutes of overtime, a flock of Detroit rookies came after Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller and finally, after a night that felt like they were chopping at a redwood tree, they would leave him flat, staring at the ceiling.

Here’s how it happened: Gustav Nyquist, all of 23 years old, pushed a puck furiously down center ice, chasing it as much as controlling it, and Hiller came out to challenge. He poked it away, but it hit an Anaheim teammate, came back off Hiller’s skate and sat waiting for another charging Detroit rookie, Damien Brunner, like a sudden steak that had fallen on his plate. Brunner did what a hockey player does — swept it up into the net — and just like that, a team that had been dying with its youth was alive again — with its youth.

“As low as we were the other night, that’s how high we are tonight,” said coach Mike Babcock, after the Red Wings tied this series for a second time with an overtime victory, this one a 3-2 triumph in Game 4 that ensures a Game 6 back at the Joe.

“That’s the playoffs,” Babcock declared. And that’s the thing about young players; they have so much room to grow, sometimes they do it the very next night.

In a series that has already been marked by youthful contributions (remember Nyquist’s winner in the Game 2 overtime?) and youthful mistakes (see Game 3, details below), Brunner’s goal kept the Wings alive in a showdown that, unlike two nights earlier, they truly deserved to win, even if at times it looked like they might not.