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Red Wings scuffling on penalty kill

Thursday, 05.05.2011 / 4:26 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / 2011 WCSF: San Jose-Detroit Live Blog

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Red Wings scuffling on penalty kill
After the Sharks went 2-for-4 on the power play in Game 3 Wednesday, which led to a 4-3 overtime victory for San Jose, the Red Wings' penalty killing fell to just 73.3 percent (11 of 15).

Both of the Sharks' power-play goals in that game were scored by Devin Setoguchi, who finished with a hat trick and scored the game-winner in overtime at even strength -- shortly after San Jose's penalty-killing units killed off a Detroit power play.

The Red Wings also struggled a bit on the penalty kill in their first-round sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes. What's going on that's leading to this dip in effectiveness?

"They're just finding ways to get pucks on net and they're moving the puck really well," Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard said of the Sharks' power play Thursday. "I think we just need to stay in our spots, basically. Make them work the puck around the outside and not really give them anything in tight."

However, even that didn't work on the second of Setoguchi's power-play goals. Setoguchi was ready to blast a one-timer from the left circle when he shattered his stick on the shot and the puck slowly slid through traffic and into the net -- with Howard unable to get back after lunging to the left post in anticipation of the blast.

"What do you do, as a goalie, in that situation?" said Howard, who didn't even bother to look at replays of it. "He seemed just cocked and ready to let a bomb go, so that was the last thing in my mind that was going to happen. Pass came over. It was right in his wheel house and I rushed over strong expecting that one-timer. You've just got to keep going and concentrate on making the next save. Bounces happen."

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