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New dynasty in the making?
Red Wings routed 5-1
10/19/06 - by Mike Lee

It's too early to say that Thursday night's 5-1 thrashing of the Detroit Red Wings was the passing of the torch, but the Sharks are making a case for themselves as one of the dominant teams in the NHL this season. San Jose did enjoy 13 power play chances throughout the evening, but what they did with those chances may be argument enough that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Patrick Marleau and three other Sharks converted on a franchise high five power play goals, while the Red Wings were left scratching their heads. Playing catch up is one thing, but playing almost an entire game down a man is an entirely different story. That was the situation Detroit created for themselves by committing 16 infractions.

"We can't put ourselves in that situation," captain Niklas Lidstrom said. "It's the same penalty situation all over again. You can't give that many chances to a team that good."

Milan Michalek and Mark Bell scored almost identical redirects by the midway mark through the 1st period, and Marleau's power play tally at 14:32 of the period was enough to chase Chris Osgood from the net. Marleau beat Osgood with a wicked snap shot from 20 feet out after sidestepping a Red Wings defender near the right dot.

Joey MacDonald made his NHL debut in net for Detroit after Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock pulled Osgood with his team down 3-0. The rookie netminder would settle things down to close out the period and stopped all 8 shots he faced in the 2nd period despite having to kill off 5 San Jose power plays in the period.

"Our main focus coming into camp was to get off to a good start," said rookie Matt Carle. "We've worked hard, and now we just have to continue building."

Jonathan Cheechoo would crack MacDonald five minutes into the 3rd period after Pavel Datsyuk was sent off for tripping and he'd use all of 8 seconds on the power play to get the job done. Joe Thornton setup Cheechoo with a pass from the right circle.

The Sharks would cap their scoring binge three minutes later while the Sharks were on a 5-on-3. Niklas Kronvall committed one of three Detroit delay of game penalties for putting the puck over the glass four seconds after Mathieu Schneider was sent off for holding. After a wild scrum in front of the net, the puck kicked out to Marleau who was lurking in the slot. With bodies strewn all over the ice, Marleau grabbed the loose puck and rifled it over an outstretched MacDonald.

"It's just about taking advantage of your opportunities, and we did that," Marleau said. "They kept putting the puck over the glass (for delay-of-game penalties). Everybody is doing great, and hopefully we can keep it going."

Michalek took exception to Chris Chelios' hospitality during the scrum and popped the Red Wings defenseman in the chops, and both were sent off for roughing.

Jiri Hudler ruined Vesa Toskala's shutout bid with just under nine minutes remaining in regulation with power play goal for Detroit. The score broke a 121 minute shutout streak that Toskala had strung together with Evgeni Nabokov over the past three games.

"We took advantage of a team that was a little leg-weary," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "I thought if we got the puck in deep and we skated through the neutral zone, we'd get a number of power plays."

The Sharks will get to prove if this was a fluke win next week in Hockeytown. San Jose visits Detroit on October 25th during the second leg of a five-game road trip.

"I thought we played real good," Babcock said. "It was just every time they had a power play, the puck found a way into the net. Good thing we have a day off to regroup."

Notes:

Matt Carle's two assists put him atop the scoring lead for defenseman in the NHL.

Michalek extended his scoring streak to five games.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
DET 0 0 1 1
SJ 3 0 2 5
1st period - 1, SJ, Michalek 6 (Carle, Ehrhoff), 6:35, (pp). 2, SJ, Bell 3 (Carle, Cheechoo), 11:35, (pp). 3, SJ, Marleau 2 (Bernier, Michalek), 14:32, (pp).
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 4, SJ, Cheechoo 4 (Thornton, Ehrhoff), 5:01, (pp). 5, SJ, Marleau 3 (Michalek, Thornton), 7:51, (pp). 6, DET, Hudler 1 (Schneider, Franzen), 11:08, (pp).
 
Penalties
1st period - Hudler, DET (tripping), 6:12; Goc, SJ (tripping), 6:47; Kopecky, DET (hooking), 9:49; Lebda, DETt (high sticking), 13:55; Smith, SJ (hooking), 18:00.
2nd period - Maltby, DET (holding), 0:15; Franzen, DET (delay of game), 1:38; Schneider, DET (delay of game), 2:54; Markov, DET (hooking), 6:00; Zetterberg, DET (diving), 13:25; Brown, SJ (hooking), 13:25; Lang, DET (holding), 14:26; Thornton, SJ (cross checking), 14:26; Rissmiller, SJ (elbowing), 17:09; Lang, DET (hooking), 18:02.
3rd period - Brown, SJ (high sticking), 1:29; Datsyuk, DET (tripping), 4:53; Schneider, DET (holding), 5:57; Kronwall, DET (delay of game), 6:01; Chelios, DET (roughing), 7:51; Michalek, SJ (roughing), 7:51; Goc, SJ (tripping), 9:41; Kopecky, DET (holding), 11:48; Ehrhoff, SJ (holding), 17:37.
Goaltending
  Shots Saves
DAL - Turco 23 21
SJ - Nabokov 32 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 8 6 8 22
SJ 7 8 7 22
Power Play Conversion
DET 1 of 6
SJ 5 of 13
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Milan Michalek
Matt Carle
Attendence
17,496
Officials
Referees: Brad Meier, Dan O'Rourke. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Vaughan Rody.

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