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Sharks roll in the Motor City
Setoguchi nets a pair in his return
2/29/08 - by Mike Lee

Devin Setoguchi got the call to rejoin the Sharks from their AHL affiliate in Worcester just in time to make his first career appearance at Joe Louis Arena on Friday night. The San Jose rookie made the most of his chance by scoring a pair of goals, pacing the Sharks to 3-2 win over the host Red Wings. Setoguchi has 11 goals in 30 games for the Sharks this season, including 3 two-goal games. The Sharks also extended their winning streak to 4 games, keeping pace in the Pacific Division, where they trail Anaheim by 3 points for the 2nd spot in the division.

San Jose took advantage of a struggling Red Wings team that was without the services of Niklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios and Brian Rafalski, who are all on the fence with injuries. Detroit has won one game in their last 11 tries.

Joe Pavelski gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead just 1:40 into the game, after sweeping a big wrist shot from the slot. Patrick Rissmiller setup the goal by corralling a loose puck along the left wing boards, then slipping two Detroit defenders, before sliding the puck to Pavelski who trailed on the play. Pavelski's shot sailed over Red Wing goaltender Dominik Hasek's glove hand, catching the back of the net.

Hasek stuffed Joe Thornton during a Sharks power play later in the period, after the Sharks centerman put a puck on an empty net. Hasek manaed to slide back to cover the right post as Thornton's shot headed toward a would-be goal.

San Jose dodged a bullet late in the period when former Shark Mikael Samuelsson almost slipped the puck past Evgeni Nabokov after the puck got caught in a scrum in the low slot. Samuelsson was lurking in front of the San Jose goal and put a rebound on net, where it trickled far enough to the right that it preserved the 1-0 lead.

Devin Setoguchi put the Sharks up 2-0 52 seconds into the 2nd period. Setuguchi slipped into the slot and one-timed a Patrick Marelau pass past Hasek. The Sharks captain made a nice play to setup the goal with a backhanded pass from the right corner after scooping up a rebound off a Christan Ehrhoff shot.

Henrik Zetterberg got the Red Wings on the board less than 2 minutes later on a Detroit power play, after Jeremy Roenick was sent off for tripping. Zetterberg redirected a Niklas Kronvall pass from the point. Kronvall wound up as if he was going to put a shot on goal, but he sent the puck wide left of the goal to Zetterberg, who simply stuck his stick out to change the trajectory of the puck.

A Jonathan Ericsson hooking penalty at 7:32 of the 3rd period setup Setoguchi's 2nd goal of the evening, and a strange one at that. Craig Rivet started the sequence by putting a shot on goal that deflected high behind the Red Wings goal. The rebound appeared to bounce off either the glass or the netting behind the goal, but neither of the one-ice officials whistled the play dead. Setoguchi banged home the rebound, setting off a series of protests from the Red Wings.

Boos rained down from the Detroit faithful, who felt that the puck touched the net.

A Nabokov slashing penalty, followed by a tripping penalty to Ehrhoff, gave Detroit a 5-on-3 moments later and the Red Wings would capitalize. Samuelsson pumped home shot from the top of the right circle that Nabokov could only wave at.

Nabokov robbed Meech on the carryover penalty to Ehrhoff, after the Red Wings forward one-timed a cross-ice pass from Jiri Hudler.

Detroit head coach Mike Babcock was forced to pull Hasek with 1:07 remaining in regulation, and looked to have a chance to put a scoring chance together with 15 ticks left on the clock, but Johan Franzen elected to dish the puck rather than put a shot on goal after splitting the Sharks defense at the San Jose blueline.

Game Notes:

Former Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart made his Red Wings debut after being acquired from the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 1 1 1 3
DET 0 1 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 14 (Rissmiller), 1:40.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Setoguchi 10 (Marleau, Ehrhoff), 0:52. 3, DET, Zetterberg 36 (Kronvall, Datsyuk), 2:26, (pp).
3rd period - 4, SJ, Setoguchi 11 (Rivet, Marleau), 9:17, (pp). 5, DET, Samuelsson 10 (Zetterberg, Kronvall), 12:53, (pp).
1st period - Cheechoo, SJ (holding), 7:57; Draper, DET (slashing), 15:35.
2nd period - Roenick, SJ (tripping), 1:58; Meech, DET (interference), 17:01
3rd period - Ericsson, DET (hooking), 7:32; Nabokov, SJ (slashing), 11:08; Ehrhoff, SJ (interference), 12:43.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 22 20
DET - Hasek 22 19
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 10 6 22
DET 7 6 9 22
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
DET 2 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Devin Setoguchi
Henrik Zetterberg
Patrick Marleau
Referees: Devorski, Kowal. Linesmen: Cameron, Gibbs.

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