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Sharks defeat Red Wings in shootout for sixth straight win

Labanc has goal, two assists for San Jose; Detroit extends point streak to five

by Ross McKeon / Independent Correspondent

Labanc's shootout goal

DET@SJS: Labanc beats Howard in the shootout

Kevin Labanc skates in and fires a wrist shot that beats Jimmy Howard to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead in the shootout

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SAN JOSE -- Kevin Labanc had a goal and two assists, and the San Jose Sharks won their sixth straight game with a 4-3 shootout victory against the Detroit Red Wings at SAP Center on Saturday.

Logan Couture had three assists, and Martin Jones made 25 saves for San Jose (10-10-1).

"It feels awesome, but it doesn't stop there," Labanc said. "We've just got to make sure we keep this momentum going."


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Andreas Athanasiou scored twice for Detroit (7-12-3), including the tying goal at 15:46 of the third period to make it 3-3. Robby Fabbri had two assists for the Red Wings, who extended their point streak to five games (3-0-2). Jimmy Howard made 16 saves.

"I thought it was one of our better games, believe it or not," Detroit forward Dylan Larkin said. "That's a really good team over there that's playing really well right now, and it was a back-and-forth game."

Video: DET@SJS: Labanc sweeps up rebound to open the scoring

The Sharks' penalty kill, which ranks first in the NHL (90.9 percent), was 3-for-3, including a tripping penalty against Brent Burns at 1:39 of overtime. The Red Wings had four shots on goal during the 4-on-3 power play.

"We have a good system and prepare well for each team and make adjustments against certain guys," Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson said. "And when we get out there, we're not thinking as much because they have control of the puck and we react, make good reads and our instincts take over more than usual probably."

Karlsson gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 12:32 of the second period.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic made it 2-0 at 1:11 of the second period with a slap shot from the left point.

Labanc scored at 18:59 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. It was his sixth goal; he didn't score his sixth goal last season until his 53rd game.

Athanasiou scored his first of the game with a backhand shot at 1:24 of the second period to make it 2-1.

"The fact he's starting to convert on those chances means he's feeling better about himself," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he's competing really hard. I've really been impressed with his competitiveness level and his battle level. He's winning puck battles, so that's a great thing for us."

Taro Hirose scored for Detroit at 11:34 of the second period to tie it 2-2.

"We're obviously taking steps forward and we're trying to learn every game," Athanasiou said. "[We're] trying to become a full unit and play for a full 60 [minutes]. When we do that, we're a really good team and we can play with any of these teams in this league."

Labanc had the only goal of the shootout in the first round. Jones made saves against Frans Nielsen, Athanasiou and Larkin.

"I thought I made some good saves late in the game," Jones said. "But we hung in there and found a way to win. That's what we struggled to do early in the season."

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They said it

"We got four out of six points (on the three-game California road trip). It's certainly disappointing the way the L.A. game ended, and the fact that we had a chance to win tonight. But, in the end, we got four out of six points." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

"When he can steal games for us like that, it's huge for us. He had an unbelievable game for us. We have a lot of faith in him." -- Sharks forward Kevin Labanc on goalie Martin Jones


Need to know

Red Wings defenseman Mike Green left before the morning skate and arrived in Detroit in time for the birth of his second child. … Couture has seven points (one goal, six assists) in the past three games. … Meier and Hertl each had his five-game point streak end. … The Sharks have outscored opponents 27-17 during their winning streak (including two shootout victories).


What's next

Red Wings: Host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, RDS2, TSN5, NHL.TV)

Sharks: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday (10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SNW, NHL.TV)

Video: Sharks top Red Wings in SO for sixth straight win

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