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Sharks v Red Wings - 2011 Stanley Cup Conference Semifinals

Zetterberg shakes off the rust

Roger Phillips - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Nearly one month after suffering a knee injury against the Hurricanes on April 6, left wing Henrik Zetterberg returned to the Red Wings’ lineup for Friday night’s Game 1 overtime loss to the Sharks.

Zetterberg played nearly 20 minutes and was plus-1 with three shots on goal. After Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss at HP Pavilion, Zetterberg answered questions in the Wings’ dressing room.

Q: How did it feel to be back out there after not playing in the opening round?

A: I was a little rusty. It was nice to be out there again. It was fun to be playing a playoff game again. I can definitely be better.

Sharks not living off past series win over Wings

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Entering last year's conference semifinals, the Sharks were flooded with questions about facing the mighty Detroit Red Wings, a franchise that seemed to have the mental edge in previous playoff matchups.

The Sharks got that monkey of their backs in style, vanquishing the two-time defending Western Conference champions in five games.

Entering Friday night's Game 1 against the Red Wings in this year's conference semifinals, the Sharks are once again being flooded with one question, only it has a far different tenor: Does last season's playoff victory against the Red Wings give the Sharks the mental edge in this series?

"I figured that was going to be the question that was asked the most," Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle said. "It hasn't disappointed."


Zetterberg, Franzen will return to Wings' lineup

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Getting nine days of rest has paid off in a major way for the Detroit Red Wings, who will welcome back Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen to the lineup for Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series with the San Jose Sharks.

Zetterberg didn't play during the Red Wings' first-round sweep of the Phoenix Coyotes due to a knee injury he suffered against the Carolina Hurricanes on April 6. Franzen missed Game 4 against the Coyotes due to an ankle injury.

Coach Mike Babcock said veterans Mike Modano and Kris Draper will be the healthy scratches.

Zetterberg will be reunited on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom to start Game 1, once again giving the Red Wings one of the most formidable units in the League. Zetterberg and Datsyuk combined for 139 points in 136 regular-season games and benefit from the space created by the crease-crashing Holmstrom.


Sharks downplay recent domination of Wings

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif.  -- Recent history, which in this case means last season's playoffs and the 2010-11 regular season, says the San Jose Sharks just might have Detroit's number.
The Sharks beat the Red Wings 4-1 last season in their Western Conference Semifinal series, then won three of the four regular-season meetings in '10-11. That makes seven wins for San Jose in its past nine games against Detroit.

So what does it all mean entering this year's rematch between the Sharks and Red Wings?
"For the most part it goes out the window," Sharks forward Ryane Clowe said after Wednesday's practice. "We played pretty good against them in the regular season and obviously beat them in five last year, but I think it's a different situation.

Wings have opportunity to avenge loss to Sharks


Following up on a postseason that was subpar by their lofty standards, the Detroit Red Wings are getting the chance to show how much they've improved in a year's time by starting out against the same opponents they faced in their abbreviated 2010 run.

After making short work of the Coyotes, sweeping a team they needed seven games to eliminate the previous spring, the Red Wings now get set for a rematch with the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Semifinals. Perhaps gassed from a hard-fought series with Phoenix following a second-half charge just to get into the playoffs, Detroit was quickly dispatched by San Jose in five games during their previous postseason matchup.

(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (3) Detroit Red Wings


(2) San Jose Sharks vs. (3) Detroit Red Wings

Seeds: No. 3 vs. No. 2; Red Wings beat Phoenix in four games; Sharks beat Los Angeles in six

Can the San Jose Sharks make it two years in a row and send the Detroit Red Wings packing for the summer, or will the Sharks' postseason futility continue? The Red Wings will be rested and confident after sweeping the Phoenix Coyotes in four straight, while the Sharks are coming off a dramatic overtime win in Game 6 on Monday night to dispose of the Los Angeles Kings.

Right here, right now: San Jose won three of the four meetings between the teams this season. Detroit's lone win -- a 5-3 decision -- came Nov. 30 at HP Pavilion. The Sharks won the next three, outscoring the Wings 12-6 along the way.
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Quote of the Day

You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense