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In-Game Recap: Sharks vs. Red Wings

by Dana Wakiji / Detroit Red Wings

All hail the Magic Man.

Pavel Datsyuk made his regular season debut Friday night, on Friday the 13th of course, against the San Jose Sharks.

Datsyuk was on a line with Henrik Zetterberg, his Euro Twin, and Justin Abdelkader, who signed a seven-year contract extension Thursday.

Fans cheered when Datsyuk took his first shift, about 30 seconds into the game.

Datsyuk's return meant that Dylan Larkin moved to center the second line between Tomas Tatar and Gustav Nyquist.

The new combination bore immediate fruit as Larkin carried the puck into the offensive zone and found Tatar in the right circle. Tatar buried the puck in the top left corner of the net at 3:13 of the 1st.

Niklas Kronwall got the second assist.

The celebration was short-lived as Sharks forward Melker Karlsson scored on a rebound on the right side of the net at 7:41. Joe Thornton and Matt Tennyson assisted.

At 17:52 of the first, Matt Nieto curled around the Detroit net for a wraparound try that goaltender Jimmy Howard stopped. But no one was there to clear the rebound and Nieto was able to scoop the puck up and lift it over Howard.

Brenden Dillon and Marc-Edouard Vlasic assisted.

Neither the Wings nor the Sharks capitalized on their power plays in the first period.


SCORING: 1. DET, Tatar (Larkin, Kronwall), 3:13; 2. SJS: Karlsson (Thornton, Tennyson), 7:41; 3. SJS, Nieto (Dillon, Vlasic), 17:52.

PENALTIES: 1. DET, Ericsson (tripping), 3:53; 2. SJS, Wingels (holding), 5:20; 3. SJS, Ward (tripping), 8:56.

SHOTS: Detroit 10, San Jose 7

The Wings were not able to solve Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, making his first career start against Detroit.

Meanwhile, Joe Pavelski, who has always had good success against the Wings, gave his team a 3-1 lead at 10:23 of the second.

Pavelski, standing in front of Howard, tipped the shot of defenseman Paul Martin. Justin Braun also had an assist. It was Pavelski's ninth goal of the season.

In 29 games against the Wings, Pavelski has 11 goals and nine assists.

Wings coach Jeff Blashill tried mixing up the lines a bit in the second in an effort to create some more offense.

Zetterberg and Datsyuk saw time with Darren Helm; Abdelkader, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening played together. Glendening also played with Sheahan and Pulkkinen.

Helm found Datsyuk in the mid-slot but Jones was able to stop the shot.

But Larkin, Nyquist and Tatar stayed together.


SCORING: 1. SJS, Pavelski (Martin, Braun), 10:23.

PENALTIES: 1. SJS, Thornton (roughing), 19:03. 2. DET, Glendening (roughing), 19:03.

SHOTS: Detroit 12 (22), San Jose 4 (11).

The Wings and Sharks started the period 4-on-4.

Just 51 seconds into the third, Larkin brought the puck into the zone, tripped, lost the puck, got it back and sent it to Jakub Kindl, who fanned on the shot.

Seconds later, Howard had to stop Patrick Marleau on a breakaway.

Datsyuk and Tatar both hit goal posts in the first several minutes.

Jones stopped Sheahan from the mid-slot at 8:19 and then Vlasic and Braun got chippy with Pulkkinen. No penalties were called.

Line blending continued as the Wings searched for offense.

Zetterberg took shifts with Larkin and Nyquist while Datsyuk took shifts with Tatar and Helm.

The Wings pulled Howard at 17:04 and were able to capitalize.

Pulkkinen's shot from the left circle went off the leg of Braun and past Jones at 18:08, cutting the lead to 3-2.

But that was all the Wings were able to do.


SCORING: 1. DET, Pulkkinen (Kindl, Tatar), 18:52.


SHOTS: Detroit 6 (28), San Jose 3 (14).

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