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Marleau's thriller decides Game 3 in OT
Sharks grab a commanding 3-0 lead in series
5/4/10 - By Mike Lee -

Patrick Marleau hasn’t been very good in this year’s playoffs, but he made up for it in a big way on Tuesday night as the Sharks overcame a 2-goal deficit against the Detroit Red Wings in the 3rd period, then won it in overtime. Marleau bagged the game winner on an odd-man rush, sending the Sharks to Game 4 with a chance to sweep the series.

Joe Thornton setup the game winner 7 minutes into the 1st overtime period after the Red Wings got caught in the Sharks zone. Valteri Filppula tried sending a puck on net after entering the Sharks zone, but his shot sailed wide and kicked back out beyond the Sharks blueline. Thornton picked up thepuck and raced up ice with Marleau on his left wing.

With only Brian Rafalski back to defend, Detroit goaltender Jimmy Howard came out of his crease to cut off Thornton ’s shooting angle, but by doing so, he left the net wide open for Marleau who took a feed from Thornton through the slot and tapped it home for one of the biggest goals in Sharks history.

The bigger story may be the comeback the Sharks staged in the 3rd period, scoring a pair of goals to get the game to the extra session. Thornton made things interesting with 13:18 left in regulation, by scoring his 2nd goal of the playoffs. The big centerman gathered the puck behind the Detroit net, then circled to the slot and sent a 10-foot shot in that clipped Pavel Datyuk’s stick on the way to the back of the net.

Logan Couture would score the equalizer with 7 minutes to play, setting up Marleau’s heroics. The comeback was even more impressive given the way the Red Wings took control of the game early.

The Sharks obliged the Red Wings game plan by taking the game’s first penalty at 5:48 when Jamie McGinn got a stick up on Brett Lebda. The Detroit power play would last all of 7 seconds when Tomas Holmstrom countered with a slashing penalty right off the faceoff.

Henrik Zetterberg got the home fans stirred up a bit at the midway point of the opening period when he redirected a pass into the Sharks net with his skate. Replays clearly showed that the Swede kicked the puck into the goal, but it took a lengthy review to overturn the apparent score.

Holmstrom would be the beneficiary of a puck that kicked off his shin an into the Sharks goal at 13:33. Johan Franzen circled around the Sharks net before sending a pass to the front of the net from the left dot. San Jose fell victim after Kent Huskins caught a Dan Boyle stick in the face right before Franzen’s pass hit Holmstrom. Stung by the stick, Huskins failed to get over to cover the big Detroit forward.

Todd Bertuzzi just missed on a wrap-around attempt at 16:28. Sharks netminder Evgeni Nabokov was able to cover the left post, but Logan Couture was ruled to have covered the puck in the crease with his hand.

That infraction netted the Red Wings a penalty shot, but Nabokov came up huge once again. Zetterberg was given the chance to get on the score sheet for the first time in the series but his backhand chance was gloved by the Sharks netminder.

Zetterberg would finally get his first point, albeit as a secondary assist on a Dan Cleary shot from the slot with 1:23 left in the period. Winger Drew miller setup the goal with a pass from the Sharks end-boards as Cleary setup in front of the Sharks net.

It looked as if Detroit would take a 2-0 lead into the break, but the Sharks money line somehow figured out to get a puck past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard with 3.2 seconds left in the period. Devin Setoguchi whipped a 12-foot shot from outside the right side Howard after Joe Pavelski tried to wrap a shot around the left post. With two defenders collapsing on him, Pavelski’s shot attempt slid through the crease out into the slot. Setoguchi gathered it with his back to the net before pivoting for the shot attempt that slipped between Howard’s pads.

Detroit would get that 2-goal lead at 1:42 of the 2nd period when Zetterberg bounced a shot from the corner off Shark defenseman Douglas Murray’s shin pad. The goal was reminiscent of Colorado Avalanche forward Chris Stewart’s goal in Game 1 of the Sharks Quarter-Final series, bouncing a shot off a Sharks defenseman.

A Sharks power play off a Bertuzzi hooking penalty at 3:34 would fall by the wayside after the Sharks couldn’t get the special teams unit on track.

A Valteri Filppula tripping penalty at the end of the period would carry over into the 3rd, but again the Sharks misfired on the man-advantage. The Red Wings were intent on collapsing on anyone carrying the puck in a white jersey. They would stifle the Sharks power play, disallowing any serious scoring chances.

Thornton would bag his goal to pull the Sharks to within striking distance.

Joe Pavelski put a big one-timer on Howard with 7:30 to play, but former Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart got a body in front of the chance to preserve the Red Wings.

San Jose would get the equalizer at 13:17, when Logan Couture sent a shot in on net from the right corner. Howard cheated a bit, anticipating a pass to the weak side where Ryane Clowe was cutting. Couture’s shot hit Howard in the right pad, deflecting into the net. For the 3-3 tie.

Holmstrom put his team in a tough position with just under 3 minutes in regulation by shoving defenseman Dan Boyle onto Nabokov, drawing a goaltender interference penalty, but the Sharks failure on the power play let what was arguably the most important chance in regulation slip through their fingers.


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1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 0 2 1 4
DET 2 1 0 0 3
1st period - 1, DET, Holmstrom 4 (Franzen, Lidstrom), 13:33. Zetterberg, DET (missed penalty shot), 16:28. 2, DET, Cleary 2 (Miller, Zetterberg), 18:37. 3, SJ, Setoguchi 5 (Pavelski, Clowe), 19:56.
2nd period - 4, DET, Zetterberg 7 (Filppula, Rafalski), 1:42.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Thornton 2 (unassisted), 6:42. 6, SJ, Couture 3 (Mitchell, Vlasic), 13:17.
Overtime - 7, SJ, Marleau 2 ( Thornton ), 7:07.
1st period - McGinn, SJ (high sticking), 5:48; Holmstrom, DET (slashing), 5:55; Abdelkader, DET (roughing), 14:02; Couture, SJ (covering puck in the crease) 16:28 – penalty shot.
2nd period - Bertuzzi, DET (hooking), 3:34; Ericsson, DET (holding), 10:28; Huskins, SJ (hooking), 13:36; Franzen, DET (tripping), 19:33.
3rd period - Holmstrom, DET (goaltender interference), 17:04.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Nabokov 35 32
DET - Howard 33 29
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 8 7 12 6 33
DET 14 7 9 5 35
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 6
DET 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Joe Thornton
Henrik Zetterberg
Referees: Joannette, O'Rourke. Linesmen: Racicot, Nelson.
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