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Bernier, Red Wings defeat Sharks, end six-game losing streak

Makes 34 saves for shutout; Bertuzzi, Hronek score for Detroit

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

Bernier's 34-save shutout

SJS@DET: Bernier makes 34 stops in Red Wings' 2-0 win

Jonathan Bernier stopped all 34 shots he faced in net to lift the Red Wings to a 2-0 shutout win against the Sharks

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings ended a six-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory against the San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

"It is way more fun to come off that bench after a win than a loss," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "We don't need to look at the standings to know our situation, but we still have to work to be the best we can and try to win some hockey games."

Jonathan Bernier made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season and 18th of his NHL career for the Red Wings (10-28-3), who had been 2-16-2 in their previous 20 games.


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"There were a few saves tonight where I got lucky and the puck hit me, but that's hockey," Bernier said. "There have been a lot of games where there have been some weird bounces that have gone against us."

Bernier is 3-2-0 with a .951 save percentage in his last six games.

"He's played really well for a while now," Blashill said. "He's really done a nice job of solidifying his game."

Video: Jonathan Bernier and Red Wings blank the Sharks

Martin Jones made 21 saves for the Sharks (17-21-3), who are 2-9-2 in the past 13 games.

"We didn't get traffic in front of the net and make things hard on their goaltender," Sharks forward Logan Couture said. "[Jones] was great and we did some nice things on the penalty kill, but we've got to be better offensively if we are going to win games."

San Jose was coming off a 6-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, and Sharks coach Bob Boughner thought they matched that effort on one end of the ice.

"That wasn't a bad road game by any means," Boughner said. "We didn't give up much and we had some chances, but we couldn't bury anything. Against Philadelphia, we were more physical and got some dirty goals, but we didn't do that tonight."

The Red Wings took advantage of San Jose's struggles to get to the net, blocking 24 shots, including a game-high six by center Luke Glendening.

"That shows the compete and sacrifice level we've had in the last few games," Blashill said. "[San Jose] does a real good job of getting to the top and shooting, so we knew we had to block shots. We are the kind of team that needs to do all the little things well."

Tyler Bertuzzi, selected on Monday to participate in his first NHL All-Star Game, gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 3:15 of the second period when he tipped in Madison Bowey's point shot for his 15th goal of the season.

Video: SJS@DET: Bertuzzi redirects Bowey's shot by Jones

"I thought this was a big game overall for us," Bertuzzi said. "[Bernier] stood on his head and [Glendening] blocked some huge shots. We know we can win games and I think we showed that tonight."

Filip Hronek made it 2-0, scoring into an empty net from his own end with 49 seconds to play in the third period.


They said it

"We still felt good going into the third period because it was only 1-0 and we were doing some good things. We told the guys if we could win the period, we could win the game, and we had some chances. I think we only gave up one shot for a long stretch before the empty-net goal, and that was a dump-in. Bernier deserves a lot of credit for that game." -- Sharks coach Bob Boughner

"This is a big win, especially given the spot we're in. I think we've played some solid games since the Christmas break without getting the results we've wanted, so it was nice to finally get one. I think it has started with our goaltending, but we've also been more confident with the puck. That right there has helped our game." -- Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin


Need to know

San Jose defensemen Erik Karlsson and Brent Burns had seven of their 15 shot attempts blocked and missed the net on two more. … Red Wings defenseman Mike Green missed the game due to a family issue. … Red Wings forward Givani Smith, recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, had one shot and two hits in 10:50. … The game was the third of the day at Little Caesars Arena, following the Great Lakes Invitational college tournament's consolation and championship games.


What's next

Sharks: At the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ATTSN-PT, NBCSCA, NHL.TV)

Red Wings: At the Dallas Stars on Friday (8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-SW, FS-D, NHL.TV)

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