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Offense unloads on Wings
San Jose last team in NHL to record 5 goals this season
1/7/17 - By Mike Lee -

After stinking it up for three straight games, the Sharks paid homage to the California Golden seals of the 60's and 70's by scoring like it was the NHL's golden era. San Jose scored bushels of goals in the 1st and 3rd period to run roughshod over the visiting Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center on Saturday night. Joe Pavelski led all scorers with a pair goals to spark a Sharks offense in dire need of unloading on an opponent.

Big goal games have been non-existent for the Sharks this season. San Jose became the last team in the NHL to record 5 goals in a game this season. That came in the 40th game of the season. Doing against the Red Wings also helped the Sharks avenge a 3-0 loss to Detroit back in October.

Things looked dicey for the Sharks early in the contest after they failed to convert on a pair of power play chances, then they allowed the Red Wings to take an early 1-0 lead. Tomas Vanek tried to hit Nick Jensen with a pass from the top of the left circle, but the puck clipped defenseman Justin Braun's skate, changing the trajectory of the puck to slip past Martin Jones.

Rather then fold, San Jose pinned their ears back and went to work, scoring three goals to close out the period.

Joonas Donskoi was the beneficiary of a pin-balling puck at 15:59 of the period, getting credit for a goal that started as a Tommy Wingels shot. The puck hit Donskoi in the slot, before deflecting 90 degrees to the left, where it hit Riley Sheahan and then taking a right turn and into the Red Wings net.

Mirco Muller made the most of his limited time on the ice by firing a shot from the left point less than two minutes later that found a seam and beat Red Wings goaltender Jared Coreau.

Coreau didn't do himself any favors when he allowed an unscreened Patrick Marleau shot knuckle past him with 31 seconds left in the period to push the Sharks lead to 3-1. Red Wings defenseman Danny Dekeyser had position on Marleau, but when he tried to deflect Marleau's shot, the puck changed direction enough to fool Coreau.

The Red Wings wouldn't get a chance to redeem himself, as Petr Mrazek was inserted in net for Detroit to start the 2nd period.

The middle frame was a spirited exchange of scoring chances between the two teams, but neither team would score.

With the 3rd period implosion against Minnesota still fresh in their minds, the Sharks decided to go on the offensive. Pavelski scored the first of his two goals 1:50 into the period by deflecting a Brent Burns shot past Mrazek as he skated in the high slot. The Sharks cycled the puck from behind the Red Wing's net out to Burns on the right point.

Mikkel Boedker scored for the first time in 28 games by simply getting in the way of a Burns shot from the right wing boards. Boedker was lurking in front of Mrazek when Burns shot came flying at his chest. It hit the Sharks forward and bent right to slip past Mrazek for the Shark's 5th goal.

Anthony Mantha cut the Sharks lead to 5-2 at 4:43 when he beat Joe Thornton to a rebound on the right side and sent a backhand chance into a wide open net.

Joe Pavelski recorded his 600th point and 15th goal of the season with 9:29 to play by chipping a rebound on net from the high slot. Dylan DeMelo cranked a shot from the left point that bounced off Thornton. Pavelski got a shot off that Dekeyser tried to knock down with his own stick blade. Dekeyser's interference ended up deflecting the puck past Mrazek for the 6-2 Sharks lead.

Andreas Athanasiou scored his 7th goal of the season at 13:46 to cap the game's scoring, but the Sharks had the game firmly in control. Jones finished with 32 saves to earn his 20th win of the season.

Game Notes:

* The Sharks honored several former California Golden Seals, the NHL expansion franchise that made its debut 50 years ago. The group included Dennis Maruk, who scored 36 goals for the Seals in 1997-78.

* Six Sharks recorded multiple points including Joel Ward who assisted on two of the 1st period goals for San Jose. Paul Martin, Dylan DeMelo and Brent Burns all had a pair of assists.

* Danny Dekeyser had a rough night. In addition to deflecting a pair of pucks past his own goaltenders, the defenseman recorded a -4 on the night.

* Joonas Donskoi played one of his strongest games of the season. The forward was flying all over the ice and recorded 6 shots on net.


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Scoring
1 2 3 T
DET 1 0 2 3
SJ 3 0 3 6
1st period - 1, DET, Vanek 10 (Nielsen, Athanasiou), 12:49. 2, SJ, Donskoi 6 (Wingels, Ward), 15:59. 3, SJ, Mueller 1 (DeMelo, Ward), 17:29. 4, SJ, Marleau 12 (Ward, Martin), 19:31.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 5, SJ, Pavelski 14 (Burns, Meier), 1:50. 6, SJ, Boedker 3 (Burns, Martin), 4:11. 7, DET, Mantha 11 (Miller, Glendening), 4:43. 8, SJ, Pavelski 15 (Thornton, DeMelo), 10:31. 9, DET, Athanasiou 7 (Ouellet, Vanek), 13:46.
Penalties
1st period - Nielsen, DET (high sticking), 1:23; Glendening, DET (hooking), 8:59.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - DeMelo, SJ (tripping), 17:56.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
DET - Coreau 15 12
DET - Mrazek 20 17
SJ - Jones 35 32
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 9 9 17 35
SJ 15 10 10 35
Power Play Conversion
DET 0 of 1
SJ 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Joonas Donskoi
Brent Burns
Attendance
SAP Center - 17,562
Officials
Referees: Nicholson, Peel. Linesmen: Cormier, Gawryletz.
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