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Sharks sleepwalk thru early start
Red Wings extend home win streak to 23 with 3-2 win
2/19/12 - By Mike Lee -

The endless road trip continued in Detroit on Sunday afternoon, and from the looks of things, it's turning into the road trip from hell. San Jose turned in another lifeless performance and paid for it with a 3-2 loss at Joe Louis Arena, extending the Red Wings win streak to an incredible 23 games on home ice. Detroit is a combined 26-2-1 on home ice this season. San Jose has won 31 games in total.

The nationally televised "Hockey Day in America" game turned out to be a showcase of all the ills that plagues San Jose right now.

San Jose continued to sleep walk through the opening 20 minutes of a game they desperately needed to win. The Sharks showed no intensity early, and it netted them another early deficit. It was an interesting approach considering Detroit's home record, and the fact that the Sharks have been wallowing. They've lost 6 of their last 8 games.

Henrik Zeterberg opened the scoring with his 13 of the season, sweeping home a backhand shot 6:30 into the game. The Red Wings forward looped out of the left corner then threw the puck on net as the Red Wings had traffic in the slot. Sharks neteminder Antti Niemi picked up the puck too late, letting it slip between his pads for the 1-0 Detroit lead.

Drew Miller made it 2-0 midway through the 2nd period snapping a rebound past Antti Niemi. The Red Wings countered after a Sharks shot, then outnumbered San Jose to the net. Miller fired the puck on net, then followed his own shot, putting low to the stick side.

San Jose finally got on the board at 14:33 of the middle period, but it was the Red Wings that put the puck into their own net. Logan Couture was credited for touching the puck as it floated over the top of the goal, but the puck hit Niklas Kronwall's stick, redirecting into over the goal line.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic was injured early in the 3rd period after a shot deflected upwards off Dan Boyle's skate, catching him in the face. Vlasic had blood streaming down his face as he was helped off the ice.

Joe Pavelski took a shot off his helmet moments later while trying to block a shot. He would skate off on his own power. Colin White took a shot off the inside of his right leg on the very next shift, hobbling him.

Darren Helm made it 3-1 with a shot from the high slot that beat Niemi stick side. There wasn't anything spectacular about the shot, nor was there any traffic in front of the net. Niemi just flat out missed it.

Ryane Clowe took exception to a hit by Justin Abdelkader, coaxing him into a scrap that clearly favored the Sharks forward. Clowe landed two square rights to Abelkader's face Patrick Marleau breathed a little life into the Sharks with a goal at 15:16 of the period, punching home a loose puck in front of MacDonald. Brent Burns jammed the puck on net with bodies disrupting the Red Wings goaltender's attention.

San Jose pulled Niemi with a minute left, but they couldn't get the puck out of their own end. It was a fitting end to a lethargic performance by San Jose.


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1 2 3 T
SJ 0 1 1 2
DET 1 1 1 3
1st period - 1, DET, Zetterberg 13 (Ericsson, Filppula), 6:30.
2nd period - 2, DET, Miller 12 (Abdelkader), 10:40. 3, SJ, Couture 25 (Thornton), 14:33, (pp).
3rd period - 4, DET, Helm 6 (Miller), 7:01. 5, SJ, Marleau 23 (Burns), 15:16.
1st period - Burns, SJ (slashing), 14:48; Bertuzzi, DET (goaltender interference), 19:53.
2nd period - Couture, SJ (tripping), 7:04; Franzen, DET (hooking), 8:29; Franzen, DET (boarding), 11:17; Ericsson, DET (interference), 13:48.
3rd period - Demers, SJ (intereference), 1:38; Clowe, SJ (fighting major), 14:54; Abdelkader, DET (fighting major), 14:54.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 28 25
DET - MacDonald 33 31
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 6 19 8 33
DET 8 8 12 28
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
DET 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Joey MacDonald
Drew Miller
Darren Helm
Referees: Joanette, Walkom. Linesmen: Driscoll, Miller.
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