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Same sad SAP story
Red Wings latest to beat Sharks on home ice
1/7/16 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks 25th season of futility continued on Thursday night with the team's 12th loss in 17 games on home ice. The Sharks played a tight coin flip kind of game, but once again came up short when it counted. Justin Abdelkader scored a goal with 6:52 left in regulation to stake the visiting Detroit Red Wings to a 2-1 win at SAP Center. The goal pushes the Sharks to within a point of the Western Conference basement, leading only the lowly Edmonton Oilers.

This one was supposed to be different though. Five days after laying an egg against the Winipeg Jets, the Sharks were supposed to rebound. They were supposed to show they cared after getting man-handled by the Jets. Guess again.

The story was of the broken record variety. Red Wings score first. Sharks keep it close. Sharks fade in the 3rd period. Lose at home.

It's a storyline that has become all to familiar. It's a storyline that has even turned fans away from a Red Wings game. It was impossible to land Red Wings tickets a few years ago. Now it's just become another non-sellout for a team that continues to flounder.

Danny deKeyser applied the kiss of death by scoring the first goal on SAP Center ice. Visitors who score that first goal simply don't lose in San Jose. DeKeyser whipped around Justin Braun on the left side before lifting a shot over Marin Jones' left shoulder. Braun's inability to track his defensive assignments burned San Jose once again.

The Shark answered 1:41 later when Joel Ward deflected a Brent Burns shot from the blueline. Ward was floating through the slot area when he got his stick blade on Burns shot.

The issue with Ward's goal is that the Sharks tried leaning on that form of offense for the majority of the game. They relied too heavily on long range shots that Red Wings goaltender Peter Mrazek tracked the remainder of the game.

The Sharks turned to the high volume shot approach, but they all came from distance, which Mrazek handled with ease. Without an offensive threat that can pound the net from inside 10 feet, San Jose was up against a tough road to hoe.

Dtroit played the perfect road game, waiting out San Jose and striking after the sharks failed ton convert off a flurry of shots on Mrazek.

Abdlekader was in the right spot when a puck landed on his stick while he cruised through the high slot. The Red Wings forward stepped into a shot that beat Martin under the crossbar with his 13th goal of the season.

Not that the Sharks showed any fight during the final 6 minutes of the game after Abdelkader's goal, but a questionable interference penalty to Joe Pavelski sealed the Sharks fate. Pavelski was pursuing a puck immediately after a faceoff, appearing to have a right to the puck, but he crashed into Luke Glendening with 2:53 left in the game.

Rather than fighting to tie the game, the Sharks were left to try and defend the Red Wings power play unit. That unit kept the puck pinned in the Sharks zone to kill the clock.

Something lit a fire under Joe Thornton at the final horn, as he went after Glendening, landing a series of punches to the Red Wing's shielded helmet. It was a meaningless show of emotion from a guy who has disappeared this season. Thornton is a non-factor on most nights, yet suck up valuable minutes on the ice. His outburst was a reminder that the game has passed him up. The punches were a desperate and meaningless show of emotion that would be better served when there is time on the clock.





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Scoring
1 2 3 T
DET 1 0 1 2
SJ 1 0 0 1
1st period - 1, DET, Dekeyser 3 (Zetterberg, Larkin), 9:16. 2, SJ, Ward 11 (Burns, Vlasic), 10:57.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 3, DET, Abdelkader 13 (Datsyuk, Ericsson), 13:08.
Penalties
1st period - Glendening, DET (high sticking), 14:28; Glendening, DET (holding), 18:09.
2nd period - Larkin, DET (tripping), 3:02; Smith, DET (roughing), 14:47; Hertl, SJ (roughing), 14:47; Zubrus, SJ (holding), 18:46.
3rd period - Pavelski, SJ (interference), 17:07; Thornton, sJ (roughing), 20:00; Thornton, sJ (roughing), 20:00; Thornton, sJ (10 min misconduct), 20:00.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
DET - Mrazek 36 35
SJ - Jones 25 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 12 6 7 25
SJ 16 10 10 36
Power Play Conversion
DET 0 of 2
SJ 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Peter Mrazek
Brent Burns
Joel Ward
Attendance
16,856
Officials
Referees: Rehmer, Meier. Linesmen: Galloway, Gibbs.
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