The Sharks have won all three games by the score of 4-3 in this series and it's the second time they have rallied from a third period deficit.
The Sharks have also scored at least four goals in each of the last five games and have won six straight games.
It was the fourth overtime game for the Sharks in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and San Jose has won three of them.
It is just the second time in San Jose history they have won the first three games in a Stanley Cup Playoff series. The only previous series where the Sharks led three games to none was the Western Conference Semi-finals in 2004 against Colorado, a series they would win in six games. San Jose has never swept a playoff series.
7:07 Sharks Win!!! Thornton leading a two on one up the right side with Marleau and Rafalski back for Detroit; Thornton slides a pass from the top of the right circle to a cutting Marleau just outside the top of the crease for a tap-in with Howard out of position. San Jose was lucky as they nearly were caught with a bad change and an odd man rush for the Red Wings, but luckily the puck bounced off the lively boards out of the zone to Thornton who led the rush and what was a disadvantage for the Sharks ended up working in their favor. SJ GOAL: Marleau (2) A: Thornton (6) at 7:07
6:15 Terrific cycle by the Sharks who controlled the puck in the Red Wings zone for about thirty seconds.
5:15 Detroit's best chance of the overtime, a wrister by Datsyuk from the slot that went wide stick-side.
3:55 Best chance in overtime thus far by the Pavelski line as Clowe with a nice keep in at the blueline, got it to Pavelski down low right but it was stopped by Howard.
1:50 Mike Babcock is getting his defense to pinch in just a bit.
0:39 Seems like both teams have a conservative, defensive approach to begin overtime.
0:00 Keep in mind for this overtime period, the benches are on the opposite side of center so both teams will have farther to skate for their changes. Pavelski's line will start for the Sharks against the Datsyuk line.
20:00 We are headed to overtime for the first time in this series after an outstanding third period from the Sharks to rally from two goals down to tie it; fourth overtime in the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Sharks. San Jose outshoots the Red Wings 12-9 in the third period and are still ahead on draws for the night, capturing 52% as McLellan was using Malhotra most key face-offs down the stretch. Malhotra would have led the NHL in face-off percentage for the regular season had he enough to qualify. Let's see if the Sharks can keep it up heading to overtime. Boyle leads the Sharks and all skaters with seven shots, while Zetterberg leads the Red Wings with six.
19:04 Holmstrom is out of the box and another terrific kill by the Red Wings.
17:04 Holmstrom with a costly mistake and an awful time to take a penalty. Holmstrom clearly two-hand shoved Boyle into Nabokov and then ran both players over and will be sent off for two minutes for interference.
16:30 The pace is frenzied and there are end-to-end rushes for both sides.
13:17 Sharks tie it!!! After terrific defensive work by Vlasic in the San Jose zone, he makes a nice breakout pass to Mitchell who carries the puck into the Detroit zone. Mitchell gets it to Coutrue down low right side and the Sharks rookie throws a wrist shot from the goal line toward the net from a tough angle. Howard opened the pads just a tad while hugging the left post and the hole was big enough for the puck to slip through for the equalizer. SJ GOAL: Couture (3) A: Mitchell (2), Vlasic (2) at 13:17
12:40 Big pressure from the Sharks but the Wings are able to keep the puck out of the net. A one-time blast from Pavelski at the left circle is blocked in front by Stuart.
10:47 Nabokov closes the five-hole on a shot from Zetterberg at the right dot to keep it a one-goal game.
9:00 Huge save by Nabokov as Datsyuk fired a wrister from the inside edge of the left circle; Nabby got his left shoulder on it and steered it aside.
6:42 Thornton with an outstanding play to pull the Sharks within a goal. After winning the draw in the left circle, Thornton drives behind the net from left to right and out toward the front. Through traffic, Thornton fires a wrist shot through a screened Howard (Marleau) as the puck deflected off the stick of Datsyuk and in. Thornton's second goal in the last two games. SJ GOAL: Thornton (2) A: Unassisted at 6:42
6:33 Sharks outshooting the Wings 6-1 in the third.
6:24 McLellan has juggled the lines a little, putting Mitchell with Thornton and Heatley; and moving Marleau with Malhotra and Couture.
5:00 San Jose has really turned up the pressure offensively here in the third period.
3:20 Tremendous shift by Pavelski and an outstanding forecheck leads to another great chance from Setoguchi. Pavs working behind the net, forces a turnover from Stuart and finds Setoguchi low right side; but Seto's wrister went just wide of the left post.
3:01 Rough shift for Huskins as he coughs the puck up in the San Jose zone that leads to a shot, but Nabokov makes a solid save.
1:28 Howard a glove save off a blast from Blake at the right point after a good rush from the Sharks.
0:48 Helm streaking up the ice short-handed tries to power one in driving to the net, but an outstanding backcheck from Setoguchi knocks the puck off to the corner.
0:00 San Jose starts the third period with 1:33 carrying over in the Franzen penalty; big sequence to start the third.
20:00 Another Sharks opportunity just goes wide as Pavelski's wrist shot from the slot goes wide of the right post in the closing seconds of the second period. San Jose is generating some good chances and played a pretty good period despite trailing 3-1; some unlucky breaks. San Jose will start the third period with 1:33 left in the Franzen minor. San Jose with a slight edge on the draws, winning 53% of the face-offs, but the Red Wings still lead in shots 21-15.
19:33 Another terrific play by Boyle leads to another Detroit penalty. Franzen is called for tripping Pavelski at the right edge of the crease after Boyle drove in after grabbing a loose puck in the high slot and tried to slide the puck to Pavelski.
18:00 Helm has returned to the ice for the Red Wings.
16:55 Boyle leading a rush and a great chance for the Sharks just goes wide. Pavelski from the top of the left circle finds a driving Setoguchi at the far post and his deflection just goes wide of the right post.
15:36 Huskins comes out of the box and the Sharks have killed off the penalty. Detroit had some good puck movement on the man advanatge and the best chance being a Williams shot that was deflected over the crossbar and onto the top of the cage.
13:36 Huskins is called for hooking Abdelkader along the boards toward the right corner of the San Jose zone giving the Red Wings their second power play.
12:28 The Red Wings remain perfect on the penalty kill, four for four tonight as Ericsson re-enters play. San Jose had a good opportunity late in the man advanatge as Marleau found Thornton in the high slot, but Thornton's wrist shot just went wide of the net stick-side.
10:28 Another Red Wings penalty will give the Sharks a power play. Ericsson is called for holding McGinn in the Detroit zone along the right boards as the Sharks were cycling the puck.
9:56 Referees stop play as Helm was hurt by a slapshot from Demers knocking the Red Wings center to the ice. Helm skated off the ice with help from the Detroit athletic trainer and went right into the room.
8:04 San Jose is outshooting the Red Wings in the second period 6-5 and the Sharks have won five of the eight draws here in the period.
5:34 Bertuzzi comes out of the box looking for a stretch pass and a possible breakaway with the penalty expiring, but terrific hustle back by Vlasic breaks it up. Sharks had some pretty good chances on the man advantage, the best being a slapshot from Heatley from the top of the left circle that just went wide of the far post.
3:34 Bertuzzi is called for hooking Boyle in the neutral zone giving the Sharks their third power play.
1:42 The Red Wings get back a two goal lead with an early tally here in the second period. Detroit continues to crowd Nabokov and get people in front and Zetterberg takes advantage of the traffic and gets his first goal of the series; Filppula also tallies his first point of the series. Zetterberg below the goalline in the left corner throws the puck toward the net and it pinballs off Murray in front and goes in. DET GOAL: Zetterberg (7) A: Filppula (5), Rafalski (8)
0:45 Two huge saves by both Nabokov and Howard early in the second. The Sharks had a two on one as Pavelski came across the blueline right side, found Clowe cutting down the slot. Clowe tried to go five-hole with a wrist show, but Howard just got enough of it to deflect it wide.
0:00 Pavelski's line starts the second for the Sharks against Datsyuk's line.
20:00 First period ends with the Red Wings leading 2-1. The Setoguchi goal should really give the Sharks a momentum boost heading to the second period. Detroit outshot the Sharks 14-8 in the period and a little hometown cooking from the stats crew, as the Red Wings allegedly outhit San Jose 22-13. After the Red Wings had the edge on face-offs early, the Sharks did an outstanding job late in the period to pull even at ten with Thornton leading the way by winning all four of his. The Sharks also blocked ten shots in the first, led by two each from Murray, Blake and Couture.
19:56 The Sharks get an enormous goal right before the end of the first period and it's an aggresive forecheck from the Pavelski line that leads to the goal. Clowe fired the puck toward the net from the right boards, Howard made the save and deflected the puck behind the goalline off to his left. Pavleski jumped on the loose puck, skated from right to left behind the net and out toward the front against Datsyuk trying to muscle a puck in. The rebound kicked off toward the right circle and Setoguchi sent it right back to the net on a turnaround wrist shot; the shot slipped in along the ice through Howard's five-hole as the Red Wings netminder was sliding to his left. SJ GOAL: Setoguchi (5) A: Pavelski (6), Clowe (8) at 19:56
18:37 Detroit swarming around the Sharks net and a good cycle, Cleary fires his right handed wrist shot from the inside edge of the left circle passed Nabokov stick-side as the Red Wings jump ahead 2-0. Zetterberg picks up his first point of the series on the goal. DET GOAL: Cleary (2) A: Miller (1), Zetterberg (6) at 18:37
16:28 Bertuzzi skates behind the net from right to left and tries a wraparound which Nabokov makes a lunging stop on, however Couture is called for covering the puck with his hand in the crease and the result is a Red Wings penalty shot. Replays appear to show that Couture did not have his hand on the puck, but there was no replay review possibility. On the attempt, Zetterberg is denied by Nabokov with an outstanding glove save as Zetterberg tried to deke and go top shelf glove side. Nabby's momentum carried him into the net, but he clearly kept the puck out of the net.
16:02 Abdelkader is out of the box after an effective Detroit penalty kill.
14:02 After a whistle for a draw in the Detroit zone, Abdelkader is called for roughing after a big scrum in the corner to the left of Howard.
13:33 Detroit takes the lead, despite another review, it is a good Red Wings goal. Holmstrom from the top of the crease, jams a puck passed Nabokov for the first goal of the night. Franzen flipped the puck from the right circle toward the net, and Holmstrom had a little space in front because his man (Huskins) took a stick in the face. DET GOAL: Holmstrom (4) A: Franzen (9), Lidstrom (4) at 13:33
13:00 Here is an explanation from the NHL on the Detroit goal that was disallowed. Video Review - San Jose at Detroit, 9:47 of the 1st period 05.04.2010 / 8:04 PM ET
Video Review at 9:47 of 1st period determined conclusively that Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg used a distinct kicking motion with his left skate. No goal.
11:50 Sharks nearly had a beautiful goal, but Marleau could not connect with a driving Couture at the right edge of the crease.
9:47 A defensive breakdown leads to a Detroit goal as on open Filppula at the right circle found a driving Zetterberg cutting toward the left post. Zetterberg was tied up by Boyle and it appeared Zetterberg kicked the puck in with the inside of the left skate blade. The goal is being reviewed. After a lengthy review, consulting with the video goal judge and the NHL offices, it is deemed a distinct kicking motion and no goal; still scoreless at The Joe.
9:09 Nabokov has been real sharp to start the game; he is seeing every shot and is getting good support ffrom his defense. The Red Wings have won five of the first seven draws and are outshooting the Sharks 6-4.
7:55 Both penalties have expired and the teams are back to five on five.
5:55 So much for the Red Wings man advantage as off the draw, Holmstrom is guilty of slashing Vlasic; so we'll skate four on four.
5:48 McGinn caught for a high-stick on Lebda as the Sharks were trying to cycle the puck in the Detroit zone. The Wings get the first power play of Game 3.
4:10 The Red Wings are trying to take advantage of the home ice and the liveliest boards in the NHL.
3:40 Franzen with the Red Wings best chance to this point, his wrist shot from the right dot is held by Nabokov.
2:20 Malhotra with a terrific chance in front, after his helmet was knocked off; Howard makes the save after Malhotra couldn't get all of a loose puck in the slot.
1:30 Good start for the Sharks with some key puck possession.
0:00 Thonrton's line will start for the Sharks with Boyle and Murray on defense as Todd McLellan looks for the big boys to set the tone for Game 3. Detroit will counter with the Zetterberg line with Lidstrom and Rafalski on the blueline.
One line-up change for the Sharks from Game 2 as Ortmeyer is back in the line-up for Helminen. The Red Wings also have a change from Sunday night, Lebda will get his first action of the series on defense in place of Lilja.