The Sharks snapped a slide of four straight losses in series opening games, as their last win in the first game of a series was in 2007 against Detroit in the Western Conference Semi-finals.
The three goals by Pavelski, Heatley and Setoguchi in a span of 1:19 of the first period are the fastest three goals by the Sharks in San Jose Stanley Cup Playoff history. Pavelski tied a team record with two power play goals in a game and Boyle also tied a team record with three assists in a playoff game.
Another interesting note is this was the first Stanley Cup Playoff game in history with three different goal scorers from the same American university. Care to guess which school? Try Wisconsin as Pavelski, Heatley and Rafalski are all Badgers and put the puck in the net tonight.
20:00 Sharks hang on and take Game 1 from the Red Wings 4-3. Outstanding defensive work and physical play late prevented the Wings from getting a shot off in the final seconds. San Jose held the Red Wings to their playoff low of 23 shots, holding Detroit to just five in the third period and wind up outshooting Detroit 27-23.
19:42 Huge save by Nabokov off a Lidstrom slahshot through traffic from the high slot; Nabby finds the puck after a big pile-up in front of him.
18:58 After an offsides call against the Red Wings, Mike Babcock takes his time out.
18:45 The Red Wings have pulled Howard down 4-3.
17:42 Not many shooting lanes for the Red Wings down the stretch as the Sharks are blocking a number of shots.
16:49 After having an edge early on draws, the Red Wings have taken over the circle and have won 58% for the night.
13:33 Boyle with a good chance from the right circle, but the wrist shot is blockered away to the corner by Howard. After the shot the Wings got away with one as Clowe appeared to be cross-checked in the corner without a call.
12:47 Nichol comes out and the Sharks remain perfect on the penalty kill, the Wings are zero for five on the power play. Excellent work from Vlasic, Mitchell, Murray and of course Nabokov killing it off.
10:47 Nichol is called for delay of game after firing the puck over the glass in the defensive zone putting the Red Wings on the power play.
10:17 Kronwall enters play as the Sharks were kept off the board on the man advantage, but had a couple good chances. The best was Heatley from the slot on a wrist shot and a backhander from Blake that just went wide.
8:17 Off the draw Kronwall is called for hooking Pavelski sending the Sharks back on the power play. After going zero for ten in the regular season on the power play against the Red Wings, the Sharks have already scored twice tonight on the man advantage.
8:13 The line of Couture, McGinn and Malhotra just had an outstanding shift in the Detoit zone and the result is a frozen puck by Howard and a draw in the Red Wings end. The trio cycled the puck for a good :45 and had the Wings on their heels. They forced a bad turnover from Ericsson and it nearly ended up in the net. McGinn is really active and having a strong game.
2:57 Detroit pulls within one again as Rafalski pinches in from the right point and buries one driving toward the net. Datsyuk fed the cutting Rafalski from the top of the left circle as Datsyuk is really playing a strong game. DET GOAL: Rafalski (1) A: Datsyuk 2(5), Franzen (7) at 2:57
0:50 Sharks with their second power play goal of the night and it's Pavelski with both of them. Pavelski, with San Jose still on a five on three, slipped a wrist shot through Howard's five-hole from down low left and the Sharks capitalize with the two man advantage. It is the first five on three goal for the Sharks since the night before Thanksgiving against Chicago and just the second this entire season. SJ PP GOAL: Pavelski 2(7) A: Heatley (5), Boyle 3(7) at 0:50
0:00 The Sharks will go with Pavelski, Thornton, Clowe, Heatley and Boyle to start the third with :57 left in a five on three. Zetterberg, Lidstrom and Stuart will start for the Red Wings.
20:00 Second period ends with the Sharks on a five on three power play and leading 3-2. The penalties will carry over to the third and San Jose will have :57 of a five on three with a clean sheet of ice. Detroit outshot the Sharks 8-5 in the second and lead 18-15 for the night. The Sharks continue to put on the physical play, outhitting the Red WIngs 28-17. We should be in store for an exciting third and the first few minutes could be very telling.
19:53 Filppula, on the penalty kill, is called for high-sticking Setoguchi in the slot and will put the Sharks on a five on three.
18:57 Franzen is called for tripping Setoguchi as the Sharks were on the breakout. On the play, Franzen was cut under the right eye by Setoguchi as both players were falling to the ice. Franzen heads into the room early to get the cut attended to, so Bertuzzi will serve his penalty.
17:47 Blake absolutely hammers Cleary at center ice right after Cleary was knocked off balance by his own man, Adbelkader. After laying on the ice for a couple minute, Cleary was helped off the ice to the bench and appears like he is trying to figure out exactly where he is.
14:43 It appears part of the Detroit game plan is to crowd Nabokov and constantly plant a man at the top of the crease; no surprise since it really is a staple of the Red Wings.
12:32 Lilja comes out of the box and the Red Wings have killed off the penalty.
10:32 Three men sent to the box and the Sharks will get a power play. Matching minors to Couture and Ericsson for roughing, while Lilja will get the extra minor for a high-stick on Malhotra.
8:39 Bertuzzi is set free and the Wings will begin their fourth man advantage.
8:06 Heatley is called for his second minor of the period, this time for tripping Miller as Detroit just entered the Sharks zone. After a brief San Jose power play, we'll skate four on four and then the Red Wings will get another power play when Bertuzzi comes out.
6:39 Bertuzzi is called for slashing Nichol in the neutral zone as the Sharks pesky center coaxed the Detroit winger; Bertuzzi appeared frustrated by Nichol and we'll go four on four for a bit. Zetterberg returns from the room, probably was an equipment problem.
5:25 Heatley is called for slashing giving Detroit their third power play.
4:45 Zetterberg after the goal skated off to the Detroit dressing room.
4:45 Detroit pulls with-in one as Franzen fires a wrist shot from the left circle passed a screened Nabokov as Cleary was parked right in front. San Jose had trouble clearing the zone and Datsyuk kept the puck in and found Franzen. It was the first shot on goal for either side in the period. DET GOAL: Franzen (2) A: Datsyuk(4) at 4:45
3:00 Slower pace to this period as neither team has recorded a shot on goal yet in the second.
0:00 Pavleski's line will start the second against Zetterberg's line, just like we started the night.
20:00 First period comes to an end with a tremendous first period for the Sharks, leading 3-1. Shots are knotted up at ten, while San Jose won 18 of the 30 face-offs in the first with Nichol taking five of his six draws. The hits are one-sided too, with the San Jose holding a 20-9 edge led by four each from Thornton and Malhotra. It's clear the game plan is to set a physical tone to the series and the boys are following it. Boyle leads the Sharks in ice time to this point (8:06), while Lidstrom leads all skaters and was on for nearly half the first period (9:08).
19:40 Thornton greats Howard with a lovely snow shower after the rookie netminder makes a save on a bouncing puck. Detroit took exception for some reason and we had some pushing and shoving.
19:27 Nabokov with a sprawling save to knock a puck away from the crease on a shot from Abdelkader.
17:30 Murray just crunched Holmstrom along the boards in the Sharks zone to the left of Nabokov. Penalty kill looks really solid thus far.
16:53 Boyle is called for interferring with Draper in the Sharks zone giving the Red Wings their second power play, not a very strong call.
14:18 Murray races out of the box and the Sharks have killed off the penalty. Excellent work from Nichol, Malhotra and Blake as the Red Wings had trouble setting up in the zone.
12:18 The Red Wings get their first power play as Murray is called for interference in the San Jose zone.
11:40 Detroit get on the board, to make it 3-1 Sharks, and it's their checking line that produces the marker. Cleary finds himself all alone at the left edge of the crease for a tap in from a cross ice feed from Ericsson. Nabokov had no chance with Cleary left unattended and a defensive breakdown. Fourth goal scored in the last 2:35. DET GOAL: Cleary (1) A: Ericcsson (2), Abdelkader (1) at 11:40
10:24 Sharks make it 3-0 with all three goals in a span of 1:19. Setoguchi rips a wrist shot into a wide open net with Howard out of position. Setoguchi let it go from the inside edge of the left circle off a cross ice feed from Pavelski. Here comes the mild understatement of the century, this line is really playing well in the playoffs. It is the fastest three goals in San Jose Stanley Cup Playoff history, eclipsing the previous mark set by Clowe, Marleau and Murray in a 4-3 loss at Calgary April 13, 2008 of 2:02. SJ GOAL: Setoguchi (4) A: Pavelski (4), Boyle 2(6) at 10:24
10:01 Sharks make it 2-0 just 56 seconds after the first tally and it's Heatley from the slot off a beautiful feed from Thornton behind the net. Demers slammed the puck off the back wall from the high slot and Thornton was in the right place to make the play. It is the first goal ever for Heatley against the Red Wings. It is not the fastest two goals in Sharks Stanley Cup Playoff history, that belongs to John MacLean and Ron Sutter at :08 on April 30, 1998 in a 3-2 loss at Dallas. SJ GOAL: Heatley (1) A: Thornton (4), Demers 2(3) at 10:01
9:05 The Big Pavelski (aka Captain America) picks up right where he left off from the Avalanche series and buries a wrist shot passed Howard for the power play goal. Pavelski was on the inside of the right circle and rocketed it top shelf stick-side off a pass from Boyle who was along the boards right side. SJ PP GOAL: Pavelski (6) A: Boyle (5), Demers (2) at 9:05
8:47 First power play of the series goes to the Sharks as Filppula is called for slashing Couture. It will be a four on three until the matching minors are over.
8:07 Detroit with an excellent cycle for about 45 seconds and made the four on four look like a power play with Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
7:00 Matching minors to Holmstrom and Mitchell for roughing from a scrum in the neutral zone after a whiste. We'll skate four on four for the next two minutes. Shocking Holmstrom was in the middle of it.
6:15 Howard with a brilliant stop off a one-time blast from Setoguchi in the slot. Sharks are beginning to generate some good chances.
5:40 Howard with a tough stop on a deflection in front by McGinn off a shot by Couture from the left circle. Sharks have won seven of the first nine face-offs.
4:30 Terrific backcheck by Demers to knock a potential breakaway from Cleary.
3:30 Sharks are being very physical to begin the game as Thornton and Clowe are really active up front.
2:30 Good, quick pace to begin the series as both teams with some chances and end-to-end rushes.
0:00 Pavelski’s line will start for the Sharks with Murray and Boyle on defense as McLellan looks for the line that performed the best in the 1st round series against Colorado to set the tone for the series against Detroit. The Red Wings will counter with Zetterberg’s line with Stuart and Kronwall on the blueline.