The Sharks beat the Red Wings in Game 2 with the identical winning score from Game 1. San Jose has scored at least four goals in each of the last four games and have at least two power play markers in three of the last four.
It is the first time the Sharks have led a series 2-0 since the Western Conference semi-finals in 2006 against Edmonton.
After scoring just one five-on-three power play goal the entire regular season, the Sharks have scored twice already in this series with a five-on-three advantage.
Pavelski becomes just the third player ever with three straight multi-goal Stanley Cup Playoff games and first since Mario Lemieux in 1992. Also, Pavelski fired eight shots on net in the third period (11 for the game) and both totals are new San Jose franchise records for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for shots in a period and a game. The Wisconsin product is making all Badgers proud, especially former Sharks Gary Suter and Tony Granato; probably not Rafalski though.
After Detroit won the face-off battle from the NHL's top face-off team during the regular season, San Jose won 62% of the draws tonight and with a 43-26 advantage.
20:00 Sharks hang on and win taking a 2-0 series lead. San Jose dominates the third, outshooting the Red Wings 18-11 in the period and 45-31 for the night. It is the highest shot total allowed by the Red Wings in the playoffs, the previous high was 35 by Phoenix in game one of the opening round series. It's also the fourth time in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the Sharks have fired at least 45 shots on goal.
18:56 The Red Wings are caught with too many men on the ice after pulling Howard for an extra attacker, giving the Sharks their tenth power play.
18:16 Heatley rejoins play and the Sharks have killed off the brief power play.
16:16 Heatley is sent to the box on a ridiculously bad call for goalie interference. Heatley driving in along the right goalline was two-hand shoved into Howard by Kronwall. We will skate four on four and then the Red Wings will have a brief power play.
16:05 Detroit continues to play undisciplined hockey and give the Sharks their ninth power play. San Jose has spent a lot of time in the Red Wings zone and on a cycle Filppula trips Boyle along the right wing side.
12:37 Sharks take the lead and it’s Thornton with his first of the playoffs that puts the Sharks in front. Lidstrom was attempting a slapshot from the left point in the Sharks zone, when his stick broke and the shot flubbed into the skates of Heatley. Heatley eluded Lidstrom and rushed the puck up the right side as the Sharks had a three on one with Marleau and Thornton joining the rush against Rafalski. Heatley fired a wrist shot from inside the right dot that was knocked down by Howard, but Thornton was right in position to tap home the rebound into an empty net. SJ GOAL: Thornton (1) A: Heatley 3(8) at 12:37
12:01 Shots are now 39-28 Sharks for the game and 12-8 San Jose in the third period.
11:00 McLellan has put the Thronton, Heatley, Marleau line back together for the period.
5:34 Cleary is called for slashing Blake as the Sharks captain was pinching in from the right point in the Detroit zone. The Sharks will have a brief five on three for :12 until Kronwall comes out of the box and then the normal five on four variety.
4:40 We are tied again and it's Captain America to the rescue one more time. The Big Pavelski jams home a rebound from the left edge of the crease and the Sharks take advantage of the five on three. Thornton from down low right fed it in front for Heatley and Howard made a lunging stop, but by doing so left the net open for Pavelski to put home the tying goal. It's the Sharks second five on three goal in the series and Pavelski becomes just the third player ever with three straight multi-goal Stanley Cup Playoff games and first since Mario Lemieux in 1992. Also, by scoring with eight seconds left in the Bertuzzi minor, the Sharks still have a power play; and Pavelski leads all goal scorers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. SJ PP GOAL: Pavelski 2(9) A: Heatley 2(7), Thornton (5) at 4:40
3:22 Kronwall is called for hooking Pavelski along the boards left side in the Detroit zone giving the Sharks a five on three. This sequence may decide the game.
3:14 Murray comes out of the box and the Sharks start a power play.
3:01 Bertuzzin cancels the rest of the Detroit power play because of holding Vlasic deep in the Sharks zone as the defenseman was trying to skate the puck out from behind the net attempting to clear it.
1:14 Murray is called for interference on Stuart as the Red Wings defenseman pinched in from the right point with the puck in deep. Sharks need a big kill with the Red Wings two for two on the power play tonight.
0:24 Nabokov with two big saves to keep it a one goal game starting the third. Nabby denies a Datsyuk backhander from the slot and a rebound attempt from Holmstrom.
0:00 Thornton's line will start the third with Blake and Vlasic on defense, while Detroit send out Datsyuk's line with Lidstrom and Rafalski.
20:00 Wild scrum in front of the Sharks net to end the second period with Detroit leading 3-2. Boyle and Holmstrom were really going at it, battling for position while the Red Wings were cycling the puck in the San Jose zone over the final :35 of the period; no penalties handed out though. Detroit outshot the Sharks 13-12 in the second, but San Jose leads 27-20 for the game. The Sharks have an edge on draws 26-18, while the Red Wings are outhitting the Sharks 22-19. Should set up for an outstanding third period as the Sharks look to tie; San Jose has been outstanding all season and playoffs in the third. The Sharks have outscored their opponents 89-62 during the third in the regular season and 9-4 in the playoffs.
17:03 Another Red Wing penalty as Stuart interferes with Nichol driving to the net from the weak side; Stuey just shoved Nichol into the side of the net.
14:14 Stefan "The Lucky Dancing Bear" makes his appeanance on the video board dancing away and gets the crowd fired up.
12:05 Terrific shift for Clowe, who rushed the puck end-to-end and led to a scoring chance for the Sharks; Clowe is so stong on the puck Pavelski's wrist shot just went wide of the far post from the right circle and Setoguchi's slapshot was blocked wide by Kronwall.
10:29 San Jose still with a good avantage on draws, winning 59% of the face-offs; and outshooting the Red Wings 22-14.
8:11 WIth Bertuzzi coming out of the box, Thornton on a semi-breakaway thanks to a beautiful stretch pass from Boyle, fires a wrist shot that Howard makes an excellent save on.
7:50 Demers from the top of the left circle, after great side-to-side puck movement, fires a wristshot off the crossbar.
6:11 Second time the Red Wings are guilty of running into Nabokov as Bertuzzi is called for goaltender interference putting the Sharks on their fourth power play. McLellan sends out Thornton, Marleau, Heatley, Pavelski and Boyle to start the man advantage.
2:00 Detroit reclaims the lead as Marleau was getting set to exit the box. Lidstrom blasts a slapshot from the left point just under the crossbar glove side off a cross-ice pass from Rafalski as Detroit is now two for two on the power play; the Red Wings have three goals on just ten shots. DET PP GOAL: Lidstrom (4) A: Rafalski 2(7), Datsyuk (6) at 2:00
1:13 Datsyuk comes out of the box and the Red Wings go on their second power play.
0:00 We start the second skating four on four
20:00 Marleau is called for boarding Stuart at the end of the first period, erasing the remainder of the San Jose power play. Sharks outshot the Wings 15-7 in the first and controlled the face-off circle winning 14 of the 21 draws.
19:13 Sharks get another power play, their third of the first period as Datsyuk is called for cross-checking Setoguchi at the right edge of the crease.
17:10 Sharks have a big edge in face-offs at 13-4.
13:17 With eight seconds left in the Detroit man advantage, the Red Wings tie it up with their first power play tally of the series. Rafalski fired a slapshot from the left point toward the net and Holmstrom parked at the top of the crease, tipped it through Nabokov to tie the game at two. DET PP GOAL: Holmstrom (3) A: Franzen (8), Rafalski (6) at 13:17
11:24 Heatley is called for slashing in the San Jose zone, giving the Red WIngs their first power play.
10:32 After tying the game on the power play, Pavelski helps put the Sharks ahead as San Jose has two goals in a span of 1:31. Pavelski raced down the left wing, stopped low inside the left circle and found Clowe in the slot. Clowe scored one of the more beautiful goals you will ever see, he caught the pass, spun and slipped the backhand between his legs with his back toward the net and through the five-hole of Howard. SJ GOAL: Clowe (2) A: Pavelski (5), Murray (5) at 10:32
9:01 Sharks tie it up and guess who scored? You got it the Big Pavelski (aka Captain America). After Marleau wins the draw, Heatley slides the puck to Pavs at the high slot and through a screen he blasts the slapshot home to tie the game and tie Montreal's Mike Cammelari for the NHL lead in goals for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Pavelski has scored a goal in five straight games. SJ PP GOAL: Pavelski (8) A: Heatley (6), Marleau (3) at 9:01
8:29 San Jose will get a second power play here in the first half of the first period as Abdelkader is called for goaltender interference. Sharks are dominating draws winning seven of the first eight, after Detroit had the edge in Game 1; let's see if winning all these draws pays off.
6:51 Despite the Sharks controlling play in the first six plus minutes, a turnover leads to Detroit goal. Thornton turned the puck over high in the San Jose zone and Datsyuk picked it up at the left point, raced up the ice one on one against Vlasic ; as he cut fron right to left fired a wrister the clanked off the post and in high glove-side on Nabokov and the Red Wings strike first on just their second shot. DET GOAL: Datsyuk (6) A: Unassisted at 6:51
5:02 Outstanding glove save by Howard on a blast from Heatley as the Sharks winger just crossed the Detroit blueline left side. Shots are 8-1 Sharks.
4:03 The Red Wings best chance thus far is stopped by Nabokov as Datsyuk centered to Kronwall in the slot and the one-timer was covered by Nabby.
2:40 Bertuzzi comes out; despite not scoring on the power play, it looked good resulting in four shots.
0:40 Two outstanding chances from the initial shift and the result is a slashing penalty against Howard, to be served by Bertuzzi.
0:00 Datsyuk's line will start for the Red Wings with Rafalski and Lidstrom on defense, while the Sharks counter with Thornton's line with Blake and Vlasic on the blueline. It appears McLellan in looking for Big Joe's line to set the tone for the night with the same physical play they brought in Game 1.