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Stunner extends win streak
Pavelski bags winner with 5.9 ticks in regulation
12/2/06 - by Mike Lee

Joe Pavelski scored the biggest goal of his short NHL career on Saturday night, capping a 3-2 comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. Pavelski roofed a shot with 5.9 seconds left in regulation, stunning the 20,066 in attendance. It was the first game-winner in Pavelski's career, and the fourth tally in only the fifth NHL game for the Wisconsin native.

The Sharks extended their winning streak to five games, albeit via the heart stopping route. After dominating the host Red Wings in the 1st period, the Sharks allowed two goals 1:22 apart in the 2nd period to erase a 1-0 lead.

That early lead came courtesy of Patrick Marleau's 14th goal of the season on a Sharks power play 3:14 into the game. Marleau flipped a backhanded shot from point blank range after Steve Bernier tried jamming the puck unsuccessfully past Detroit rookie goaltender Joey MacDonald.

Detroit would have tied the game before the first intermission, but an apparent score by Mathieu Schneider was disallowed because Tomas Holmstrom was ruled to be in the crease by the on-ice officials. Video replay failed to overturn the call.

The Red Wings would make the most of their scoring opportunities in the 2nd period, when Mikael Samuelsson and Mathieu Schneider scored goals for Detroit.

Samuelsson converted at 11:27 after the Sharks turned the puck over at center ice. Dan Cleary and Henrik Zetterberg exchanged passes, before dropping the puck back to Samuelsson at the right dot.

Schneider would blast a shot from the point while the Red Wings were on the power play just 9 seconds after Marc-Edouard Vlassic was sent off for hooking. Vesa Toskala got a piece of Schneider's shot, but the puck squirted between the Shark's goaltender's chest and left arm. Toskala flailed in wane as the puck trickled over the goal line.

San Jose turned up the heat on Detroit in the 3rd period, putting 19 shots on MacDonald over the final 20 minutes. The Red Wings goaltender stood tall throughout most of the barrage of shots, including during a brief 5-on-3 man-advantage for San Jose Steve Bernier came inches from knotting the game up with 10 minutes to play, but his stick got caught up in MacDonald's pads as the puck lay perched up against the inside of the right post.

"Its a big disappointment," MacDonald said. "I thought the first couple periods we played really well and they didnt have a whole lot of opportunities. Then in the third period we turned the puck over, I dont know how many times we turned the puck over and they kept getting guys in behind our defense. When you get that many opportunities you get a few bounces."

Dividends were finally paid with 3:31 left in regulation when Mark Bell punched his own rebound past MacDonald. Christian Enhrhoff setup the scoring chance with a nifty pass out of the Sharks zone. Mike Grier would redirect the puck up ice, catching Bell on the break along the right wing boards.

"It was just a soft shot, I kind of had it in my skates," Bell admitted. "I just wanted to get it off. It hit him in the pads, he went down and it came right back down to me."

With time winding down in the period, the Red Wings tried to clear their own zone, but Milan Michalek swooped on an errant clearing pass near the Detroit blueline, before circling back and feeding Pavelski down the slot. The rookie made a move around Brett Lebda before snapping a shot that caught the top of the net.


Jonathan Cheechoo returned to the lineup after missing six games due to a leg injury. Cheechoo logged 12:11 of ice time on 24 shifts. He missed on a wide open net late in the game. The 35 shots that MacDonald faced marked ont he third time all season that the Red Wings were outshot by an opponent.

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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 0 2 3
DET 0 2 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 14 (Bernier, Carle), 3:14, (pp).
2nd period - 2, DET, Samuelsson 4 (Zetterberg, Cleary), 11:27. 3, DET, Schneider 7 (Lang), 12:49, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Bell 5 (Grier, Ehrhoff), 16:29. 5, SJ, Pavelski 4 (Michalek), 19:54.
1st period - Lebda, DET (slashing), 2:05; Carle, SJ (hooking), 12:28; Holmstrom, DET (holding), 13:48.
2nd period - Zetterberg, DET (tripping), 0:37; Vlassic, SJ (hooking), 12:40; McLaren, SJ (hooking), 17:49.
3rd period - Zetterberg, DET (holding the stick), 6:30; Maltby, DET (delay of game, puck over glass), 8:11.
  Shots Saves
SJ - Toskala 19 17
DET - MacDonald 35 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 7 9 19 35
DET 5 8 6 19
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 5
DET 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Mark Bell
Joey MacDonald
Referees: Paul Devorski, Ian Walsh. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Brian Murphy.

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