When the night was complete on Tuesday, the final score spoke volumes and Detroit had defeated San Jose 5-3.
“They were the better team when it was all said and done,” Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan said. “They created more quality scoring chances than we did, they forced us to turn the puck over a little bit more, their special teams were a little sharper than ours were. When you add that all that up the win goes into their column.”
As a result of injuries to Jason Demers
, Kent Huskins and Niclas Wallin, the Sharks were dressing three inexperience blueliners and, to be fair to them, experienced All-Stars can have problems against Detroit’s talent level.
“Not a lot of our young defensemen have had experience playing against Datsyuk, Zetterberg and those types of people,” McLellan said.
Afterwards, the youth for San Jose definitely saw the contest as a learning experience.
“We need to get the puck out a lot quicker,” Justin Braun
noted after playing his first game at HP Pavilion.
“Those guys are good players and you can’t give them good opportunities because they are going to capitalize on them,” Mike Moore
The contest was a one goal affair when Detroit found the back of the net in the final 11 seconds of the middle stanza.
“We had honest efforts in the first two periods and felt like we were in the game going into the third. It was a frustrating third,” Moore added.
Dany Heatley extended his goal scoring streak to four games (5-1=6) with his first career regular season goal against Detroit.
recorded his 500th point as a Shark with his helper on Heatley’s goal. The assist also extends Thornton’s assist streak to four games (0-6=6).
Professional surfer Mark Healey attended the Sharks game and spent time in the press box promoting the Jay at Mavericks Big Wave Invitational and chatting with Sharks radio voice Dan Rusanowsky.
“This is my first year, so I’m really excited,” Healey said. “I wanted to pay my dues and prove myself and get invited to this event.”
Healey acknowledged the contest was the Stanley Cup of surfing.
“It is for us and it’s probably the most dangerous wave in the world where a contest is held,” Healey said. “It’s a good feather in your cap to have. The shape of the wave here, and that it is a peak, a left and a right, it is the perfect spot to showcase the art of big wave surfing.”
When the contest will take place will not be known until about a week out as the organizers wait for optimal conditions.
“We’ll probably have a good idea about five days out,” Healey said. “We probably check the weather charts four times a day on the internet.”
RED WINGS HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
“It was a good road win for us and it starts the trip off the way you want it.”
“I just thought that the big thing is that we were able to take advantage of their defense tonight. We knew coming in that was going to be an issue for them and we spent some minutes in their zone.”
San Jose will visit Ottawa Thursday night and the 4:30 p.m. contest will be carried on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.