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Sharks salvage a game from Detroit
Marleau's shootout winner finally defeats Red Wings
2/11/10 - By Mike Lee -

The marquee match-up of the week came to a head on Thursday night in the Motor City , as the Sharks and Red Wings squared off for the final time in the regular season. San Jose was 0-for-3 against the Red Wings, but when the smoke cleared, they skated out of Detroit with a 3-2 shootout victory. Patrick Marleau scored the only goal in the shootout. Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov stopped a career high 50 shots through regulation and overtime, then denied all three shooters in the shootout to lead San Jose.

Having played less than 24 hours earlier in Columbus , the Sharks could have mailed this one in, but they seemed intent on mixing it up with the Red Wings. The first five minutes of the game was a feisty engagement, filled with lots of solid hits.

The Red Wings would outshoot the Sharks 19-9 in the opening period, fueled by three power plays. A Jed Ortmeyer interference penalty at 11:55 setup the game’s first goal. Johan Franzen converted sent a simple wrist shot from the right wing on net, but Nabokov failed to glove the shot. The puck deflected off Nabokov’s glove and into the net.

Joe Thornton knotted things up just 25 seconds later, on an unusual scoring chance. Defenseman Niclas Wallin threw the puck wide of the net, but it kicked off the end boards, right back to Thornton on the left side of the crease. The big centerman pivoted toward the net as Wallin’s shot sailed past him, so he was in perfect position to sweep the rebound into the wide open net.

Detroit went back on the power play at 14:05 after Dan Boyle was sent off for tripping. Rob Blake sent a message by lowering the boom on Tomas Holmstrom with a big hit behind the Sharks net. Holmstrom evened things up with a cross check to Wallin in front of San Jose ’s net.

Detroit peppered Nabokov with a series of shots over the last two minutes of the period, but it would be San Jose that would strike before the period expired. Dwight Helminen pumped a Torrey Mitchell feed past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard from the slot, after Mitchell circled out to the left dot from around the back of the net. With three defenders converging on Mitchell, Helminen sat perched in the slot unabated. The youngster ripped the feed into a wide open net for his first goal as a Shark.

San Jose opened the 2nd period with a little jump in their step after taking the lead prior to the first intermission. Joe Pavelski narrowly missed making it a 3-1 game when his shot two minutes into the period clanked off the left post. Jody Shelley would follow that up later in the period with his own shot that hit the crossbar.

Nabokov was forced to make a circus save moments later, when Jason Williams put a shot on net from point blank range. Holmstrom was a marked man taking another pop by Brad Staubitz. The wide open period got interesting, when Howard had to make a big save off the stick of Ortmeyer after Helminen set him up with a centering pass in the slot.

The Red Wing tied the game with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation when Jason Williams put a nifty toe-drag move on Ryane Clowe, then roofed a shot that lifted over Nabokov’s shoulder for his 4th goal of the season.

Things got spirited when Jonathan Ericsson and Clowe dropped the gloves a minute later. Rob Blake would get called for tripping Datsyuk with 5:49 to play, but San Jose would kill off the two minute infraction.

Regulation would end with the score deadlocked at 2-2, but San Jose decided to make things really interesting when Blake took another tripping penalty in the extra session, giving the Red Wings a full two minute power play.

The Sharks penalty killing unit came up big during the 4-on-3, getting the game to the shootout, where Marleau took care of business.

Game Notes:

Holmstrom returned to the Detroit lineup after another stint on the shelf to nurse his bum knee.


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Scoring
1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 2 0 0 0 1 3
DET 1 0 1 0 0 2
1st period - 1, DET, Franzen 2 (Zetterberg, Lidstrom), 12:13, (pp). 2, SJ, Thornton 16 (Wallin, Boyle), 12:38. 3, SJ, Helminen 1 (Mmitchell, Nichol), 19:50.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 4, DET, Williams 4 (Lebda, Holmstrom), 12:55.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - DET: Datsyuk (miss), Williams (miss), Bertuzzi (miss). SJ: Pavelski (miss), Clowe (miss), Marleau (goal).
Penalties
1st period - Clowe, SJ (elbowing), 3:41; Draper, DET (holding), 6:42; ORtmeyer, SJ (interference), 11:55; Boyle, SJ (tripping), 14:05; Holmstrom, DET (goaltender interference), 14:58.
2nd period - Thornton , SJ (hooking), 5:46; Nichol, SJ (roughing), 19:39; Miller, DET (roughing), 19:39.
3rd period - Clowe, SJ (fighting major), 13:43; Ericsson, DET (fighting major), 13:43; Blake, SJ (tripping), 14:11.
Overtime - Blake, SJ (tripping), 2:39.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 52 50
DET - Howard 26 24
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 9 8 7 2 26
DET 19 14 17 2 52
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
DET 1 of 6
3 Stars of the Game
Evgeni Nabokov
Joe Thornton
Patrick Marleau
Attendence
20,066
Officials
Referees: Dwyer, O'Halloran. Linesmen: Mach, Brisebois.
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