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Niemi earns 2nd shutout in 24 hours
Sharks win third in a row with 2-0 win over Red Wings
3/28/13 - By Mike Lee -

The on again, off again Sharks are apparently back on again. San Jose clamped down on the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night at HP Pavilion in what could be best described as a handcuffing. Detroit managed to put 27 pucks on Antti Niemi, but the Sharks netminder recorded his second shutout in as many days. The win allowed San Jose to jump up one spot in the NHL's Western Conference standings, supplanting the St Louis Blues in the 7th position.

Niemi made 22 saves on Wednesday night against Anaheim, then followed that up with a workmanlike performance to earn his 15th win of the year. Detroit didn't exactly tear up the ice, generating only a handful of scoring chances throughout the evening.

Unlike Tuesday's game, the Sharks didn't have the luxury of a three-goal lead to lean on in the 1st period. The Sharks traded chances with Detroit through the first 19 minutes, then took advantage with 61 seconds remaining in the period.

Pavelski had a déjà vu moment by scoring a goal that looked a lot like his tally against Anaheim last night, teaming up with with TJ Galiardi and Ryane Clowe as he did 24 hours earlier. The script was pretty much the same. Clowe skates the puck up the right wing , sliding it to Galiardi who then gets the puck to Pavelski for the wrap-around chance that beat Jimmy Howard. Pavelski got a little help from Niklas Kronwall, when his shot hit the Red Wing defender's skate and deflecting past Howard.

The Sharks took advantage of a miscue by the Red Wings early in the 3rd period, when defenseman Brian Lashoff coughed the puck up in his own zone. Joe Thornton forced the turnover with a strong forecheck, then scooped up the puck near the top of the left circle and slid a pass to Brent Burns who was cutting toward the net on the right wing. Burns took two strides toward the net before lifting a shot over Howard's left shoulder for his 5th goal of the season.

Niemi took over, stopping 11 shots in the period, including a monster save on a Henrik Zetterberg chance from the doorstep as a hooking penalty to Galiardi was expiring. Galiardi was the only player to spend any time in the sin bin, drawing the games only penalty with 9 minutes to play in the contest.

Jason Demers had to leave the game for a few shifts after he was leveled with a shoulder to the head. The Sharks defenseman took treatment in the locker room missing three or four shifts.

It was the first time the Sharks won three games in a row since January 31st.

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Scoring
1 2 3 T
DET 0 0 0 0
SJ 1 0 1 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Pavelski 10 (Galiardi, Clowe), 18:59.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 2, SJ, Burns 5 (Thornton), 2:07.
Penalties
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - Galiardi, SJ (hooking), 10:44.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
DET - Howard 24 22
SJ - Niemi 27 27
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 7 9 11 27
SJ 6 7 8 24
Power Play Conversion
DET 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 0
3 Stars of the Game
Antti Niemi
Joe Pavelski
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Attendence
17,562
Officials
Referees: Lee, St Laurent. Linesmen: Shewchyk, Nelson.
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