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Pavelski's hat trick leads SJ comeback
Sharks score 4 straight to beat Detroit 5-3
2/24/19 - By Mike Lee -

The Sharks shook off the 4-0 spanking that they took from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday by beating the host Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena by a 5-3 score on Sunday afternoon. Joe Pavelski led San Jose with a natural hat trick, helping the Sharks overcome a 3-1 deficit. Aaron Dell made 20 saves to record his 8th win of the season.

Pavelski's heroics turned what looked like a second consecutive stinker by the Sharks, into a win that exposed the Red Wings lack of depth. After falling behind by a pair of goals, San Jose scored four straight, fueled by Pavelski's skill and perseverance.

Tim Heed gave the Sharks a 1-0 lead 3:46 into the game after he fired a puck in from the right point. Joe Thornton was parked at the top of the crease and Lukas Radil cut in front of Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier as Heed's shot came into play. The puck deflected off of Michael Rasmussen's left skate, redirecting it into the Detroit goal.

Detroit challenged the goal, citing goaltender interference, but replays clearly showed that Radil made no contact with Bernier.

Darren Helm tied the game at 14:39, after he snapped a wrist shot while on the fly up the left wing. The shot came from just on top of the left dot, slipping inside the left post. Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell reacted as if the shot was going to catch him in the midsection, but it was a good foot to his right.

The Red Wings turned up the heat after Helm's goal, out-shooting the Sharks 15-5 in the period. San Jose's defense was backed into a corner late, and they would buckle in the final minute.

Gustav Nyquist jammed home a puck from the doorstep with 36.8 seconds left in the period. The Red Wings forced a puck deep, then took advantage of a an Jose defense that was chasing their tails. Tyler Bertuzzi moved the puck out of the right corner, allowing Tyler Larkin to shoot on Dell from the top of the crease. The puck slipped over to the left side where Nyquist was there to stab at it. Brent Burns decided to take a knee in the crease, rather than play the puck or a man, allowing the Red Wings to swarm Dell.

Detroit extended their lead to 3-1 exactly 8 minutes into the 2nd period when Mike Green snapped a one-time chance from the right side. The Red Wings had an extra attacker on the ice after a delayed penalty was about to be called. Justin Abdelkader fired a pass across the slot to Green, who deposited his 5th of the season.

Brent Burns cut into the Red Wings lead with a shot from the left point at 13:50, beating Bernier through traffic. The Red Wings goaltender was screened by several players who were traversing though his sight line.

The Pavelski show showed up to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead.

The Sharks captain swept a loose puck past Bernier while laying next to the crease, after Joe Thornton made a feed to the front of the net while the Sharks were on a power play at 15:50 of the period. Pavelski had to extend his stick around Bernier to get his blade on the puck.

If that wasn't impressive enough, Pavelski tipped a puck past Bernier while positioned at the bottom of the left circle. That placed him a good 15 feet side of the net, but he redirected a Marc-Edouard Vlasic feed up and over Bernier's left shoulder for his 34th goal of the season.

The Sharks flexed their defensive muscle in the 3rd period, holding the Red Wings to 5 shots in the period. San Jose out-shot Detroit 32-8 over the final 40 minutes of the game.

Dell didn't have much to do after San Jose grabbed their 2nd period lead, but he addressed everything that Detroit threw at him, albeit only a small handful of shots.

Pavelski capped his hat-trick with an empty net goal with a minute to play. The Sharks captain grabbed a loose puck at center ice, then lofted a long backhand chance into the Red Wings goal.

Game Notes:

* Brent Burns became the first NHL defenseman to record 70 points in under 65 games since the 1993-94 season when Ray Bourque did it.

* Marc-Edouard Vlasic recorded his 300th career point with his assist on Joe Pavelski's second goal of the game.

* Marcus Sorenson missed the game after taking a puck to the face in Columbus on Saturday. Erik Karlsson also did not play, after re-aggravating the same groin injury that put him on the shelf for 9 straight games earlier this season.

* The win marked the first east coast matinee for San Jose this season. They had dropped their first four games that started early.

* Pavelski, Logan Couture, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns all recorded multi-point games.



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Scoring
1 2 3 T
SJ 1 3 1 5
DET 2 1 0 3
1st period - 1, SJ, Heed 2 (Vlasic), 3:46. 2, DET, Helm 6 (Abdelkader), 14:39. 3, DET, Nyquist 16 (Larkin, Bertuzzi), 19:23.
2nd period - 4, DET, Green 5 (Abdelkader, Mantha), 8:00. 5, SJ, Burns 13 (Meier, Couture), 13:48. 6, SJ, Pavelski 33 (Thornton, Burns), 15:50, (pp). 7, SJ, Pavelski 34 (Vlasic, Hertl), 16:45.
3rd period - 8, SJ, Pavelski 35 (Couture), 19:00, (en).
Penalties
1st period - None.
2nd period - Dillon, SJ (high sticking), 1:00; Larkin, DET (hooking), 1:14; Ericsson, DET (tripping), 14:20.
3rd period - DeKeyser, DET (interference), 9:08; Braun, SJ (tripping), 12:39.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Dell 23 20
DET - Bernier 36 32
DET - empy net 1
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 T
SJ 5 16 16 37
DET 15 3 5 23
Power Play Conversion
SJ 1 of 3
DET 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Joe Pavelski
Brent Burns
Justin Abdelkader
Attendance
Little Caesars Arena - 19,515
Officials
Referees: McIsaac, Hebert. Linesmen: Nansen, MacPherson.
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