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Sharks drop 4th straight
Doormat Red Wings take shootout win
1/31/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks are starting to show some consistency. In their last four games, they've consistently played losing hockey. After their defense failed them in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, San Jose limped into Detroit where they let the offense fail them against a poor Detroit Red Wings squad. The Red Wings broke a 4-game losing streak against a Sharks team that is struggling to do anything right.

Don't let the defensive turnaround fool you. Detroit isn't exactly an offensive power house, yet they still found a way to throw 44 shots at Sharks goaltender Martin Jones. Through in 4 goals in the shootout, and San Jose made the Red Wings look like Cup contenders.

Jones helped turn his game around after struggling against the Penguins 24 hours earlier. The netminder turned aside 43 shots, but his teammates failed him on both ends of the rink. Jones was forced to make 36 saves in regulation and another 7 in the overtime period.

The opening 20 minutes went scoreless even though both teams had their chances in the offensive zone. A Jonathan Ericsson holding penalty put the Sharks on an early power play, but a Logan Couture shot that rang off the left post was as close as the Sharks got to putting a puck past goaltender Petr Mrazek.

Darren Helm woke the Sharks up early in the 2nd period when he raced in on net on a breakaway chance, but his shot sailed 3 feet wide of the net.

Justin Braun prevented a would be goal early in the 3rd period, when Martin Frk had a look at a wide open net as he skated up the left wing. Joe Pavelski missed on his own golden opportunity 6 minutes into the period when he clanked one off the post.

Trevor Daley finally broke the deadlock with his 4th goal of the year after just returning from a stint on the injured list. Couture lost an edge as he tried skating through the neutral zone, losing the puck to the Red Wings. Justin Braun was trying to get to the Sharks bench when Daley came steaming up ice with the puck, and could only tap him with his stick before the Red Wings forward put a backhand shot that found a seam between Martin Jones and the right post.

The Sharks had a power play like opportunity with 5 minutes left in the period when Luke Glendening broke his stick. The Red Wings couldn't play man-on-man and were forced to fall back into a prevent formation, which allowed Kevin Labanc to whip a long wrist shot from the high slot past Mrazek for his 6th goal of the season.

Danny Dekeyser with the shot from the slot in the first 30 seconds of overtime, but Jones made the big save. Brent Burns put the Sharks in a tough spot at 2:17 of the overtime when he was called for hooking Dylan Larkin. The Sharks killed the penalty, but it eliminated any chance of a win in overtime. Burns was flat out beat on the play, getting caught flat-footed at a time when the Sharks needed their best defenders. Instead then had their biggest defensive liability on the ice, and it almost cost them.

The shootout went seven rounds, and in the end it was a Justin Abdlekader goal and a Tomas Hertl miss that sent the Sharks to their fourth consecutive loss. Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Chris Tierney beat Mrazek, but Detroit countered with Gustav Nyquist, Andrea Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar and of course Abdelkader.

Game Notes:

* Timo Meier was expected to sit out the game in Detroit after taking a shot to the skate in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. Meier surprised everyone by skating 23 shifts on the top line. He was credited with 2 shots, but also had 3 giveaways.

* Brent Burns was credited with a game high 9 shots. An impressive stat that added up to a big zero for the Sharks. Most of Burns shots came from the blueline and were unobstructed, padding Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek's stat line.

* San Jose let the Red Wings push them around physically, getting out-hit 32-19. Barclay Goodrow led the Sharks with 5 hits. Every Red Wings forward was credited with a hit with the exception of Nick Jensen, Tyler Bertuzzi, Danny Dekeyser and Andreas Athanasiou.


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1 2 3 OT SO T
SJ 0 0 1 0 0 1
DET 0 0 1 0 0 1
1st period - None.
2nd period - None.
3rd period - 1, DET, Daley 4 (Nielsen), 6:48. 2, SJ, Labanc 6 (Dillon), 15:01.
Overtime - None.
Shootout - DET: Nielsen (miss), Nyquist (goal), Athanasiou (goal), Zetterberg (miss), Larkin (miss), Tatar (goal), Abdlekader (goal). SJ: Pavelski (goal), Couture (goal), Labanc (miss), Donskoi (miss), (miss/goal), Burns (miss), Tierney (goal), Hertl (miss).
1st period - Ericsson, DET (holding), 3:49; Labanc, SJ (slashing), 12:37.
2nd period - Larkin. DET (tripping), 12:58; Ward, SJ (holding), 19:08.
3rd period - None.
Overtime - Burns, SJ (hooking), 2:17.
Shots Saves
SJ - Jones 44 43
SJ - empty net
DET - Mrazek 31 30
DET - empty net
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 11 9 11 0 31
DET 12 13 12 7 44
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
DET 0 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Justin Abdelkader
Petr Mrazek
Martin Jones
Little Caesars Arena - xxx
Referees: Nicholson, Morton. Linesmen: Smith, Shewchyk.
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