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Intensity absent in Motown visit
Sharks shutout 4-0 on lackluster performance
3/23/06 - by Mike Lee

48 hours after turning in one of the best offensive showings of the season, the Sharks did an about face and rolled over to the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena 4-0. San Jose seemed inclined to make their brief stop in Detroit as brief as possible, handing Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace his 12th career shutout. Legace faced only 28 shots, but it may as well have been a night off for the Detroit netminder.

"I just had to stand there, basically," said Legace. "I made a couple of tough saves when it was 3-0 and 4-0. I really didn't have to do much."

Legace's comments were indicative of the lackluster performance the Sharks turned in.

Conversely, Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov continued to struggle surrendering four goals on 30 Detroit shots.

Tomas Holmstrom, Jason Williams, Steve Yzerman and Mikael Samuelsson each scored for Detroit. Robert Lang and Nicklas Lidstrom added two assists en route to Detroit's league leading 102nd point of the season.

"We knew we had to shut down Thornton and Cheechoo and just make sure to do that," Williams said.

The Sharks top line combined for three shots on goal, sputtering after destroying the Blues two nights earlier.

Detroit turned a tight 1-0 game through two periods into a laugher by beating Nabokov three times in the final period. The Sharks missed on five power play opportunities to break something open, but the intensity was clearly absent throughout the night.

"We need a complete team effort in order to beat a team like Detroit, especially here and we didn't get it," said Sharks head coach Ron Wilson. "We'll just throw it away and move on to the next game."

San Jose travels to Minnesota for the third of five games on their current road trip. San Jose lost ground to both Edmonton and Vancouver who battled to a 4-3 shootout decision on Thursday night.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 0 0 0
DET 0 1 3 4
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, Detroit, Holmstrom 24 (Schneider, Shanahan), 1:47.
3rd period - 2, Detroit, Williams 17 (Lang), 1:18. 3, Detroit, Yzerman 10 (Lidstrom, Lang), 2:59, (pp). 4, Detroit, Samuelsson 21 (Zetterberg, Lidstrom), 13:42.
1st period - Lidstrom, DET (hooking), 9:20; Cheechoo, SJS (delay of game), 17:13; Holmstrom, DET (goaltender interference), 17:39.
2nd period - J.Thornton, SJS (hooking), 10:10; Lilja, DET (tripping), 15:50.
3rd period -Cheechoo, SJS (tripping), 2:44; Kronwall, DET (hooking), 8:38; Shanahan, DET (hooking), 16:22.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 30 26
DET - Legace 28 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 9 5 14 28
DET 11 9 10 30
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 5
DET 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Robert Lang
Tomas Holmstrom
Niklas Lidstrom
Referees: Rob Shick, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Mark Wheler.

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