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Sharks end mini-skid in Motown
Marleau and Couture score in regulation & shootout
4/11/13 - By Mike Lee -

After the Sharks opened the season with their seven game winning streak, they negated everything by dropping their next seven games. So after going on another tear and winning another seven in a row, it was important that they nip any losing streaks in the bud. They did that on Thursday night in Detroit by coming from behind in the 3rd period and taking a 3-2 shootout victory at Joe Louis Arena.

Losing to Dallas on Sunday and then turning in one of the poorest showings of the season in Columbus on Tuesday, San Jose could have easily rolled over in Detroit and succumbed to the pressures of playing at the Joe.

Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau both scored in regulation, then added shootout tallies to help propel the Sharks back into the 4th seed in the Western Conference.

Marleau scored on the first of four Detroit power plays after teammate Tommy Wingels was called for boarding on a peculiar penalty. Wingels was chasing his own dump in and hit Niklas Kronwall against the end boards, but he didn't realize icing had been called on the play.

Joe Pavelski intercepted an errant Red Wings pass in the Sharks zone on the ensuing Detroit power play, and raced up ice, crossing with Marleau en route to the Red Wings net. The forward slid a pass to his left which Marleau collected and swept past Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Justin Abdelkader tied the game midway through the 2nd period on a play that Sharks netminder Antti Niemi wished he could replay. Abdelkader tapped a Johan Franzen feed from outside the right post past Niemi after Franzen skated behind the Sharks net and slid a soft pass out to the bottom of the right circle. The low speed shot slid under Niemi's pad for Abdelkader's 8th goal of the season.

Detroit grabbed a 2-1 lead at 2:29 of the 3rd period when Jakob Kindl one-timed a Henkrik Zetterberg power play feed after Brent Burns was sent off for holding. Zetterberg drew the Sharks defense to the left wing boards, before working toward the net, and sliding a pass through the slot. Kindl was left alone on the weak side, sweeping home his 4th tally of the season.

Defenseman Brendan Smith committed his own holding penalty a minute later, allowing the Sharks to draw even with their own power play goal at the 4:00 mark. Couture bagged his 16th goal of the season with a sweet backhand shot after Joe Thornton bounced a shot off Howard's pads. Couture was screening the Red Wings goaltender, and was able to reel in the deflection with his back to the Detroit goal and lift the puck with the backside of his stick, catching the top of the Red Wings net.

An uneventful overtime period left the two teams forced to decide things in the shootout. Detroit started things off with a Pavel Datsyuk goal, but Niemi buckled down and stopped Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist.

Couture scored on his chance by putting a backhand chance through Howard's five-hole. Marleau took Couture's queue and went to the forehand to the same spot, beating the Red Wings with another five-hole shot.

Howard dropped to 0-3-2 lifetime against the Sharks at Joe Louis Arena.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 1 0 1 0 1 3
DET 0 1 1 0 0 2
1st period - 1, SJ, Marleau 17 (Pavelski), 2:35, (sh).
2nd period - 2, DET, Abdelkader 8 (Franzen, Smith), 9:51.
3rd period - 3, DET, Kindl 4 (Zetterberg, Datsyuk), 2:29, (pp). 4, SJ, Couture 16 (Thornton, Boyle), 4:00, (pp).
Overtime - None.
Shootout - DET: Datsyuk (goal), Brunner (miss), Nyquist (miss). SJ: Couture (goal), Pavelski (miss), Marleau (goal).
1st period - Wingels, SJ (boarding), 0:56; Eaves, DET (interference), 11:47.
2nd period - Havlat, SJ (hooking), 4:38; Ericcson, DET (hooking), 14:10; Cleary, DET (hooking), 16:44.
3rd period - Burns, SJ (holding), 1:23; Smith, DET (holding), 3:35; Marleau, SJ (tripping), 11:21.
Overtime - None.
Shots Saves
SJ - Niemi 29 27
DET - Howard 30 28
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 11 8 10 1 30
DET 5 14 9 1 29
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 4
DET 1 of 4
3 Stars of the Game
Patrick Marleau
Jimmy Howard
Logan Couture
Referees: VanMassenhoven, Ppollock. Linesmen: Morin, Nowak.
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