SAN JOSE, Calif. - Jamie McGinn scored his first career goal during a three-goal outburst midway through the second period that helped the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 Thursday night in coach Todd McLellan's first game against his former team.
Patrick Marleau started the scoring spree for San Jose and Ryan Clowe capped it 3:25 later with a power-play goal that gave San Jose a 3-1 lead that proved to be enough against a Detroit team coming off an overtime victory in Anaheim the previous night.
That provided for a happy reunion for McLellan, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant for the Red Wings. His success in helping Detroit win the Stanley Cup last season was a big reason why Sharks general manager Doug Wilson tabbed McLellan to replace the fired Ron Wilson after another playoff disappointment in San Jose last season.
The early returns on the move have been all positive, as San Jose (9-2) is off to the best start in franchise history. The Sharks have beaten the two Stanley Cup finalists the past two games, knocking off runner-up Pittsburgh 2-1 on Tuesday.
San Jose set a franchise record that game, holding the Penguins to just 11 shots. The Sharks were nearly as dominant against the Red Wings in a matchup between the top two teams in the Western Conference, looking fresher all game and controlling the play from the start.
Evgeni Nabokov made 25 saves and Joe Pavelski added a third-period goal for San Jose, which improved to 6-0 this season at the Shark Tank.
Ty Conklin was sharp in the first period for the Red Wings, turning aside 12 shots, including two one-on-one opportunities in the slot against Joe Thornton and Pavelski in the span of about a minute.
The Red Wings actually managed to score first, converting on one of their few scoring opportunities. Marian Hossa beat Nabokov with a shot from the right faceoff circle just 18 seconds into the second period.
But the Sharks kept the pressure on and got the equalizer at the 7:01 mark when Thornton fed Marleau from behind the net for an easy goal.
The fourth line then delivered for San Jose when Jody Shelley played the puck behind the net for Tomas Plihal, who played the puck in front. McGinn, playing just his second career game, then poked the puck past Conklin for the goal. Those three forwards had combined for one point all season before Shelley and Plihal got credit for assists on McGinn's goal.
Then with Hossa in the penalty box for tripping, Clowe capped the barrage when he took a pass from Milan Michalek and beat Conklin from in front of the net at the 10:26 mark to make it 3-1.
Conklin, playing his fourth game of the season, made 29 saves for the Red Wings, who had recorded points in nine straight games. Brian Rafalski added a goal in the final minute for Detroit.
Notes: McGinn added an assist on Pavelski's goal for his second career point. ... Detroit had won its past four games in San Jose, including two games in the 2007 playoffs. ... San Jose outshot Detroit 15-8 in the second period and has a 174-79 shots advantage in the middle period for the season. ... The Red Wings had scored at least one power-play goal in eight straight games, before being held scoreless on their two chances against San Jose.