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Sharks v Red Wings - 2011 Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals

Datsyuk dazzles in Wings' win

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- If it looked Pavel Datsyuk wasn't having any trouble with his wrist Sunday night, that's because it was just fine.

"Whoa, whoa, whoa. I'm OK. I'm fine," Datsyuk said when asked about his reported wrist injury. "Anyway, I'm not a shooter. It doesn't help me anyway. My job is to chip in goal, hit somebody hard."

He didn't chip in any goals against the San Jose Sharks in Game 5, but he had three crucial assists as the Red Wings rallied for a 4-3 victory to trim the Sharks' lead in the best-of-7 Western Conference Semifinal series to 3-2 and force Game 6 back in Detroit on Tuesday night.

Sharks give Datsyuk his due

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Sharks had already blown their two-goal lead in the third period Sunday night, but the final dagger was about to come – thanks in large part to Detroit center Pavel Datsyuk.

Datsyuk was reportedly a game-time decision because of a sore wrist, but one could have fooled the Sharks, particularly forward Patrick Marleau.

Marleau was battling Datsyuk for a loose puck along the boards and was desperately trying to get it out of San Jose's zone late in the third with the score tied 3-3.

Lidstrom: 'We weren't giving up at all'

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Nicklas Lidstrom didn't score the winner, but his blast from about 10 feet inside the blue line was redirected home by Tomas Holmstrom with 6:02 remaining to give the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory in Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinal series with the San Jose Sharks.

The Red Wings overcame a 3-1 deficit in the third period to fight off elimination for the second game in a row. The Sharks hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series and will go for the kill once again Tuesday night back at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

Following the game, the 41-year-old Lidstrom talked with reporters.

Thornton says Sharks are still confident

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton was disappointed but still confident after Sunday night's 4-3 loss in Game 5 to the Detroit Red Wings at HP Pavilion. Thornton pointed to "careless plays" in the third period that cost the Sharks dearly.

As usual, he was the first Shark to face the media after the game, and he tried to explain what went wrong.

Q: There was a lot of scoring in the third period, but how would you describe what happened in the last 20 minutes?

A: We go up 3-1. We've usually finish teams off when that happens. They're a good club and they just came back and fought their way back. Just a couple careless plays. Against their skill, they're going to put those in. Just a tough third.

Time set for Game 6 in Detroit

A starting time has been assigned to Game 6 on Tuesday night in the San Jose/Detroit 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Western Conference Semifinal.

The start time of the game, previously listed as “to be determined,” has been set for 8 p.m. ET. It can be seen on Versus in the U.S. and TSN in Canada.

Hudler out; Miller, Franzen, Datsyuk in for Red Wings

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After speculation that either Pavel Datsyuk or Johan Franzen would not play Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks, both are in the lineup for the Detroit Red Wings for Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

Drew Miller, who has been a healthy scratch the past two games, will take the place of Jiri Hudler for Game 5.

Hudler has 1 goal and 2 assists in eight playoff games but hasn't registered a point in this series.

Pavel Datsyuk was reportedly a game-time decision because of a wrist injury.

Marleau looking to finally get on the board

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It was a year ago today that Patrick Marleau took a pass from Joe Thornton at 6:59 of the third period and scored what turned out to be the winning goal in Game 5 against Detroit at HP Pavilion, as the Sharks wrapped up their Western Conference Semifinal series.

The Sharks and Red Wings meet again tonight at HP in another Semifinal Game 5, with San Jose again holding a 3-1 series lead, and if Marleau scores, it will be his first goal of the series, as well as his first point.

Marleau owns the franchise record for career goals (47) and points (80) in the playoffs and has three career postseason hat tricks. He led the team in goals (37) and points (73) during the regular season. For the Sharks, there would be no better time than tonight for Marleau to get back to doing what he does best.

"He has to eventually hit the score sheet," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said Sunday morning, after a team meeting and video session at HP Pavilion. "And he will. He's done some good things away from the puck in the faceoff circle, penalty kill. He's used his speed throughout the series to get to some loose pucks. But eventually -- he's got such a tremendous shot, we rely on him to score goals, and he'll get on the score sheet, and it will work in our favor."

Report: Franzen, Datsyuk could miss Game 5

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With their season on the line, the Detroit Red Wings could be without two of their best offensive weapons.

Johan Franzen (ankle) and Pavel Datsyuk (wrist) will be game-time decisions for Sunday night's Game 5 against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion, according to the Detroit Free-Press. Datsyuk and Franzen did not practice Saturday, but coach Mike Babcock said it was maintenance day for his players and he hadn't planned on making any lineup changes at the time.

Johan Franzen has been visibly hampered by an ankle injury he suffered during the first round against the Phoenix Coyotes, so it wouldn't be much of a surprise should he sit Sunday night.

Datsyuk, meanwhile, has been Detroit's most dangerous player throughout the series, which the Sharks lead 3-1. Datsyuk was in good spirits following Saturday's practice and did not avoid reporters.

Role players coming up big for Sharks, Wings

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When it comes to third and fourth lines, they are usually first and foremost among reasons why teams make deep runs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Depth is king during the postseason, and it's been on display during the Western Conference Semifinal series with the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

In Game 2, it was San Jose's Benn Ferriero who came up with the overtime winner. In Game 4, it was Darren Helm who kept Detroit's season alive by scoring with 1:27 left in regulation to break a 3-3 tie.

For most playoff teams, there's isn't a discernible difference among top-six forwards. That's why getting consistent contributions from role players can make or break a season.

Helm goal helps Wings end run of close losses

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings would've preferred to turn their early three-goal lead on Friday night into a blowout of the San Jose Sharks.

They would've preferred to cruise for the last two periods, rather than coughing up that lead and needing a goal by Darren Helm with 1:33 left in the third period to finally put away the Sharks at Joe Louis Arena in Game 4 of a Western Conference Semifinal series.

Instead, the Red Wings earned something they needed in addition to a win to stave off elimination after dropping the first three games of the series.
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