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game recap

Sharks 5, Red Wings 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Sharks 5, Red Wings 1
Detroit Red Wings 1, San Jose Sharks 5

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Joe Thornton knew the San Jose Sharks caught Detroit on the right night. He'd like to see Red Wings at full strength - in the playoffs.

Thornton had a goal and three assists and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored one of San Jose's franchise-record five power play goals as the Sharks beat the short-handed Red Wings 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Brett Lebda scored for the Red Wings, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

"They were obviously missing five key players and we're trying to gain that final playoff spot," Thornton said. "We need every win, every game. I hope we make the playoffs and face them again."

With Swedish gold-medalists Nicklas Lidstrom, Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom getting an extra day off, the Red Wings relied on a makeshift lineup without much success. Detroit had killed off 45 of its last 47 penalties entering the contest, and 73 of 78 before being blitzed by San Jose's power play on Tuesday.

Nils Ekman, Christian Ehrhoff and Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks, who won their fourth straight game.

"For any team it's tough if you take five key guys out of the lineup," Red Wings goalie Manny Legace said. "That's no excuse, no excuse at all. We were in the game until the 10-minute mark. I've just got to make saves on penalty kills. I didn't tonight and it cost us.'

The Sharks drew within four points of the Oilers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

"It's important to get back on a good roll," Ehrhoff said. "We know we're good and we're still developing. We just need to go into those games and keep winning."

Ekman opened the scoring for the Sharks, taking a pass from Thornton at the red line beating Legace through the five-hole.

Cheechoo recorded his 35th goal of the season in the second period during a 5-on-3 advantage. He had an easy shot after Thornton drew the defense away from the net.

"Tonight was kind of an anomaly," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "You're not going to threaten teams with five power play goals. Since we picked up Joe, though, we've had one of the most dangerous power plays in the league."

Lebda scored his first goal since Nov. 1, a span of 37 games, with 1:31 left in the second period. He took a drop pass from Brendan Shanahan and shot it past Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala, who had 28 saves.

Ehrhoff, Marleau and Thornton all added power-play goals in the third period.

"It's disappointing," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "They found a way to shoot it into the net and we weren't as good."

Notes: C Tomas Kopecky was recalled from Grand Rapids on Monday and made his NHL debut for Detroit. ... Thornton has 14 assists in his last nine games. ... The Red Wings were missing 37 percent of their goal production with the Swedes getting an extra day off. ... Ekman scored a goal in consecutive games for the second time this season. ... Shanahan has recorded points in 11 of his last 15 games after ending a seven-game scoreless streak. ... Legace stopped Ekman's penalty shot midway through the third period.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:34
SJS
PPG - Nisse Ekman (15) ASST: Joe Thornton (61), Jonathan Cheechoo (23)
1 - 0 SJS
2nd Period
06:54
SJS
PPG - Jonathan Cheechoo (35) ASST: Joe Thornton (62), Patrick Marleau (40)
2 - 0 SJS
18:29
DET
Brett Lebda (3) ASST: Brendan Shanahan (27), Pavel Datsyuk (46)
2 - 1 SJS
3rd Period
10:36
SJS
PPG - Patrick Marleau (26) ASST: Nisse Ekman (23), Joe Thornton (63)
3 - 1 SJS
11:41
SJS
PPG - Christian Ehrhoff (2) ASST: Patrick Marleau (41), Jonathan Cheechoo (24)
4 - 1 SJS
13:48
SJS
PPG - Joe Thornton (22) ASST: Christian Ehrhoff (13), Tom Preissing (17)
5 - 1 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
00:18
SJS
Christian Ehrhoff  Holding against  Kris Draper
02:23
DET
Tomas Kopecky  Tripping against  Scott Hannan
18:34
SJS
Douglas Murray  Holding against  Mark Mowers
2nd Period
05:43
DET
Chris Chelios  Interference against  Milan Michalek
06:26
DET
Kirk Maltby  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
07:01
SJS
Scott Thornton  Hooking against  Chris Chelios
08:16
DET
Jason Williams  Hooking against  Christian Ehrhoff
13:35
DET
Andreas Lilja  Hi-sticking against  Joe Thornton
3rd Period
04:50
DET
Jason Woolley  Hooking against  Milan Michalek
04:57
SJS
Nisse Ekman  Hooking against  Chris Chelios
06:56
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Holding against  Pavel Datsyuk
10:17
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Holding against  Steve Bernier
11:10
DET
Brendan Shanahan  Tripping against  Scott Thornton
12:46
DET
Mark Mowers  Roughing against  Steve Bernier
12:46
SJS
Steve Bernier  Roughing against  Mark Mowers
12:58
DET
Brendan Shanahan  Slashing against  Scott Hannan
15:41
SJS
Douglas Murray  Boarding against  Kirk Maltby
17:09
SJS
Tom Preissing  Holding against  Kris Draper
19:11
DET
Kris Draper  Slashing against  Scott Hannan
goalie stats
Manny Legace
SA: 32TOI: 59:54
Saves: 27EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 11
SV%: .844SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
SA: 29TOI: 60:00
Saves: 28EV: 14 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 11
SV%: .966SH: 3 - 3