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SJ continues mastery over Red Wings
Sharks extend win streak to 4
10/28/11 - By Mike Lee -

If last spring wasn't proof enough, the Sharks have solved the mystery that is the Detroit Red Wings. San Jose extended their dominance over the Red Wings on Friday night with a 4-2 win at Joe Louis Arena, and also extended their winning streak to four games. Four players had multi point nights, including Joe Thornton, who scored a pair of goals. Antti Niemi made 30 saves to move his record to 4-1-0 since returning from off season surgery.

Thornton and his teammates continued to roll on the road, winning in what has traditionally been a house of horrors for the Sharks. San Jose also battled to take two points from an opponent after trailing. A three goal outburst in the 2nd period against the team they were modeled after looked almost surgical.

After Henrik Zetterberg staked the Red Wings to a 1-0 lead with a 1st period goal, the Sharks went to work.

San Jose evened things up 2:10 into the 2nd period after Dan Cleary was sent off for tripping. Ryane Clowe deposited a Martin Havlat feed from the left side for his 3rd goal of the season. Marc-Edouard Vlasic carried the puck up the right wing boards before sending a pass through the slot. Jonathan Ericsson had position to defend against Vlasic's pass, but he was too busy dropping Logan Couture with a slew foot just outside the crease. The puck deflected off Martin Havlat, who was then cross checked by Ericsson, right to Clowe for the deposit past Red Wig goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks their first lead of the game at 7:57 of the period, by outskating former Sharks defenseman Ian White to a loose puck in the Detroit zone, then chipping a shot over Howard's left shoulder. Douglas Murray created the chance by deflecting a Red Wings pass from just inside the Sharks blueline. Marleau was even with White as the two tried chasing down the puck, but White was no match for the speedy Sharks forward.

Detroit matched the Sharks on the power play after, ironically, Havlat was sent off for cross checking at 13:55. Tomas Holmstrom parked himself in front of Niemi, then knocked a Pavel Datsyuk shot into the goal.

The Sharks regained the lead with 1:42 left in the period, catching the Red Wings napping on defense. Joe Pavelski took a Marleau pass in the defensive zone along the left wing boards, then sent a 40-foot pass to Joe Thornton at center ice. Thornton took a peek over his shoulder to see that there wasn't a defenseman within 30 feet of the big centerman. Thornton coasted up the slot and put a shot through Howard's 5-hole for his 2nd goal of the season.

Former Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart drew a hooking penalty on Havlat by grabbing the Shark forwards stick and tucking it under his arm pit. Referee Brian Pochmara was poorly positioned to see Stuart's gamesmanship and quickly whistled Havlat for the perceived hook.

Niemi stoned Valteri Fippula 6 minutes into the 3rd period after the Red Wings worked the puck to the Sharks doorstep. Niemi would turn around and do the sae thing to Cleary seconds later.

The Sharks goaltender was whistled for tripping Holmstrom, after the Red Wings forward stepped on Niemi's stick in the crease and sprawled out face first. A strong penalty kill suppressed the threat to keep the Sharks lead intact.

Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock was forced to pull Howard with a minute to play, but the Sharks kept the puck away from Niemi, and sealed things with an empty net goal by Thornton. Havlat helped setup the score with some nifty stick work in the neutral zone to strip the puck from a Detroit defenseman before making a backhand feed to Thornton.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 3 1 4
DET 1 1 0 2
1st period - 1, DET, Zetterberg 2 (Lidstrom, Datsyuk), 12:20.
2nd period - 2, SJ, Clowe 3 (Havlat, Vlasic), 2:10, (pp). 3, SJ, Marleau 2 (D. Murray), 7:57. 4, DET, Holmstrom 1 (Datsyuk, Lidstrom), 14:44, (pp). 5, SJ, Thornton 2 (Pavelski), 18:18.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Thornton 3 (Havlat, Clowe), 19:25, (en).
1st period - Lidstrom, DET (hooking), 2:37; Winchester, SJ (tripping), 16:46.
2nd period - Cleary, DET (tripping), 0:25; Havlat, SJ (cross checking), 13:55; Havlat, SJ (hooking), 19:15.
3rd period - Hudler, DET (holding), 2:09; Niemi, SJ (tripping), 7:38; Vlasic, SJ (cross checking), 15:15; Hudler, DET (holding), 15:15.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 32 30
DET - Howard 29 26
DET - empty net 1 0
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 8 10 12 30
DET 11 12 9 32
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
DET 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Antti Niemi
Niklas Lidstrom
Martin Havlat
Referees: Pochmara, Sutherland. Linesmen: Shewchyk, Cherrey.
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