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Five goals propels San Jose over Wings
Sharks spread the scoring love in win over Detroit
3/12/18 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks concluded a 6-game home stand with a crucial 5-3 win over the visiting Detroit ed Wings at SAP Center on Monday night. San Jose rebounded from their lethargic 2-0 loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday afternoon by spreading the scoring around as they avenged a 2-1 shootout loss to the Red Wings back in late January. Five different skaters scored for San Jose who extended their lead over the Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division, and held their 2-point lead over the Los Angeles Kings.

San Jose had to shake off an early deficit in Monday night's affair, before grabbing a lead they would not relinquish.

Trevor Daley staked the Red Wings to the 1-0 lead 5:01 into the contest with a shot from the slot after he received a pass from Hentrik Zetterberg as he skated away from the Sharks net. Daley took the feed, pivoted 180 degrees and fired a shot that beat Martin Jones glove side for his 9th goal of the season.

San Jose knotted the game at 1-1 at 10:55 when Evander Kane raced up the left wing, drawing two defenders to his side of the ice, before sending a pass through the slot to Joonas Donskoi on the right wing. Donskoi whipped the pass home into a wide open net as goaltender Jimmy Howard was caught covering the left post.

Eric Fehr scored his first goal as a Shark and first since January 18, 2017 on a deflection less than two minutes later. The Sharks were skating with an extra attacker on a delayed penalty to the Red Wings. Brendan Dillon fired the puck in on net from the left point, hitting Fehr on the tape, for a redirect up and over Howard's right pad.

The Sharks extended their lead to 3-1 just 1:39 into the 2nd period when Chris Tierney drove the slot with the puck and tried to push it past Howard. The Red Wings goaltender appeared to stop it, but Kevin Labanc followed up the play and jammed it home.

Gustav Nyquist scored his 17th goal of the season less than 4 minutes later on a questionable play. Trevor Daley fired a shot in on goal from the high slot, but Tyler Bertuzzi clipped the puck with a high touch. The puck rang off the crossbar, but Nyquist was there to jam the rebound home. The play looked as if it should have been blown dead on the Bertuzzi touch, but referee Francois St Laurent kept his whistle silent.

Anthony Mantha tried to score a power play goal using the MLS method with 5:45 to play in the period, but referee Jake Brenk immediately waved it off for kicking the puck into the Sharks net.

The Sharks went on the power play for the first time in the game late in the period when Mike Green was called for slashing Timo Meier. The best scoring chance of the man advantage came when Brent Burns let a puck bound over his stick to setup a Luke Glendening breakaway. Martin Jones saved the day with a stop on Glendening's chance in tight.

A Danny Dekeyser hooking penalty at 3:55 of the 3rd period setup a second chance on the power play for San Jose, and they would cash in this time. Timo Meier scored his 18th goal of the season off a deflection after Mikkel Boedker tried to fire a puck on net from the slot.

Detroit refused to go away, cutting the Sharks lead to a single goal once again when Henrik Zetterberg put a Nyquist drop pass from behind the net past Jones for his 10th of the season.

Detroit was forced to pull Howard late, which setup an empty net goal for Chris Tierney to ice the game.

Game Notes:

* Brendan Dillon, Joonas Donskoi and Dylan DeMelo were the only Sharks to finish the game with a negative plus/minus. All three were a -1. Seven skaters finished +1 and Chris Tierney finished the evening a +2.

* Every Shark skater recorded a shot on goal with the exception of defensman Joakim Ryan. Evander Kane and Brent Burns led the Sharks with 4 shots each.

* San Jose heads out on a brief road trip that will take them through Western Canada to face the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks. San Jose returns home next Tuesday to play the New Jersey Devils.


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1 2 3 T
DET 1 1 1 3
SJ 2 1 2 5
1st period - 1, DET, Daley 9 (Zetterberg, Bertuzzi), 5:01. 2, SJ, Donskoi 13 (Kane, Pavelski), 10:55. 3, SJ, Fehr 1 (Dillon, DeMelo), 12:39.
2nd period - 4, SJ, Labanc 9 (Tierney), 1:39. 5, DET, Nyquist 17 (Bertuzzi, Daley), 5:05.
3rd period - 6, SJ, Meier 18 (Boedker, Demelo), 5:12, (pp). 7, DET, Zetterberg 10 (Nyquist), 5:53. 8, SJ, Tierney 17 (Pavelski, Braun), 18:26, (en).
1st period - Goodrow, SJ (tripping), 6:31.
2nd period - Kane, SJ (tripping), 13:20; Green, DET (slashing), 17:02.
3rd period - Dekeyser, DET (hooking), 3:55; Daley, DET (tripping), 9:02.
Shots Saves
DET - Howard 33 29
DET - empty net 1 0
SJ - Jones 26 23
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
DET 9 11 6 26
SJ 12 9 13 34
Power Play Conversion
DET 0 of 2
SJ 1 of 3
3 Stars of the Game
Timo Meier
Chris Tierney
Joonas Donskoi
SAP Center - 17,199
Referees: Brenk, StLaurent. Linesmen: Cameron, Gibbs.
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