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Sharks v Red Wings - 2011 Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals

Emotions building between Wings and Sharks

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

"Hatred builds pretty quickly. You play the same guys three, four times in a row, it's going to heat up." -- Ben Eager

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- On the morning of Game 1, it was virtually impossible to find anyone who felt there was hatred between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks.

A lot of that went out the window when Ben Eager and Todd Bertuzzi fell through the door of the Red Wings' bench during Sunday afternoon's Game 2 at HP Pavilion.

Both received two-minute minors for roughing. Upon exiting the penalty box, they mixed it up again. Eager confronted Bertuzzi and lost a glove. Eager was assessed a 10-minute misconduct in the first true battle after a whistle, something that's been a rarity between these two teams who are facing each other in the playoffs for a second straight season.

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Sharks' special teams stepping up vs. Wings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The special teams of the San Jose Sharks weren't playing at a high level during their first-round series with the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks were just 2-for-23 on the power play and allowed five goals in 24 shorthanded situations.

In the Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings, the Sharks are suddenly looking very special.

Save for a late power-play goal by Henrik Zetterberg on Sunday, the Sharks' penalty-killing unit has been flawless in both of their victories in this series. The power play has two goals in 11 chances -- not exactly setting the HP Pavilion on fire, but enough improvement to make a difference in a pair of low-scoring games.

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Wings pay price for power-play failures

Roger Phillips - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Two four-minute high-sticking penalties -- one to each team – have had a major impact so far in this Western Conference Semifinal series.

In Game 1 on Friday, the Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader took a four-minute minor in overtime; though the Sharks didn't score on the power play, it did help pave the way for the overtime winner by Benn Ferriero.

The roles were reversed on Sunday when Ferriero found himself in the box for four minutes just 6:23 into the game for high-sticking Abdelkader. But the Red Wings squandered the opportunity, mounting little offense -- something they were regretting following the 2-1 loss at HP Pavilion that dropped them into a 2-0 hole in the best-of-seven series.
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Lidstrom says Wings have to be better at home

Roger Phillips - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Detroit Red Wings picked up the level of their play in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series against San Jose, but the result was the same – a 2-1 loss.

Sunday's defeat leaves the Wings down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series as the teams head to Detroit for Game 3 on Wednesday night (8 p.m. ET; Versus, TSN).

Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom answered reporters' questions following Sunday's loss.
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White makes a difference on Sharks' power play

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Ian White's first career playoff goal was a big one. It wasn't the winner, but it put the San Jose Sharks ahead for good during a 2-1 victory in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series with the Detroit Red Wings.

White fired a rocket through a maze of players that found the back of the net at 4:54 of the first period with the Sharks on a power play. White was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 18 with bolstering the power play in mind, and he did just that Sunday.

The 26-year-old from Steinbach, Man., is participating in his first postseason after spending parts of six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames and Hurricanes.

Here's what White had to say afterward.
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Datsyuk still making magic for Wings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- There was Pavel Datsyuk, the stickhandling magician, moving effortlessly and seemingly harmlessly down the right wing Friday night.

There was Douglas Murray, in good defensive position against Datsyuk, backing up slowly but not allowing Datsyuk the space and time he needs to make a play.

Datsyuk dipped his shoulder as if he was going wide, perhaps to swing behind the net, causing Murray to turn his body and begin his pursuit toward the goal line.

That was last the time Murray was anywhere close. The second he took a false stride toward the boards, Datsyuk cut back to the middle, glided to the slot and fired a quick wrist shot that had to be stopped by Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi.
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Ferriero celebrates birthday with OT winner

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- On the night when he just happened to turn 24, Sharks rookie Benn Ferriero had a Stanley Cup Playoff debut for the ages.

Ferriero watched all six Sharks' first-round playoff games from the press box after playing in just 33 NHL games during the regular season.  But on Friday, Ferriero celebrated his birthday by scoring at 7:03 of overtime to give the Sharks a 2-1 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal series.

Six times this season, Ferriero has made the nearly six-hour trip from San Jose to the Sharks' minor-league affiliate in Worcester, Mass. It comes with the territory as a seventh-round draft pick trying to stick with an NHL team that has plenty of depth.
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Howard's brilliance not good enough for a win

Roger Phillips - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 44 shots on Friday night. He mixed it up with Joe Pavelski after the Sharks' center gave him a second-period snow shower. He held the lead for most of the night, even as the Sharks were dominating the second period, when they outshot Detroit 18-9.

In the end, though, after a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 1 of the Wings' Western Conference Semifinal series at HP Pavilion, Howard was far from satisfied.

"Not enough," Howard said as he sat in the silent Wings dressing room following his team's fourth loss in five games against the Sharks this season. "It doesn't matter. All that matters is wins right now."

That said, Howard's performance was a definite bright spot despite the Red Wings' first loss in this year's playoffs. He looked cool and collected in goal, even when the Sharks were bombarding him for the first 15 minutes of the second period.
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Unhappy birthday for Babcock

Roger Phillips - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Friday was Mike Babcock's 48th birthday, but the Red Wings' coach had no cause for celebration after watching San Jose rookie Benn Ferriero celebrate his 24th by getting the winning goal in overtime for a 2-1 victory.

While Ferriero and the Sharks celebrated, Babcock was in no mood for a party. Instead of blowing out candles, he lit into his forwards, criticizing their performance in the series-opening loss at HP Pavilion.

"They were better than us, especially up front," Babcock said. "I didn't think we skated very good."

Babcock's team lost three of four regular-season meetings to the Sharks and was ousted by San Jose in a five-game second-round series a year ago. Clearly, he doesn't want to witness a repeat.
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Pavelski comes through for Sharks once again

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- With the Sharks in desperate need of a big goal, Joe Pavelski once again came through.

Pavelski batted a power-play rebound out of midair and into the net with 9:38 left in the third period to even the score at 1-1, setting the stage for the Sharks' 2-1 overtime victory against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal series at HP Pavilion on Friday night.

Benn Ferriero scored the winner at 7:03 of overtime, but the game never would have gotten that far if not for Pavelski.

The 26-year-old native of Stevens Point, Wis., drew three penalties, including the boarding call against Todd Bertuzzi that set up his fourth goal of the postseason. Pavelski had five shots and two takeaways, and his drop pass to Joe Thornton led to the shot that would result in his goal.
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I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game