20:00 The Red Wings avoid elimination, at least for tonight and take Game 4 7-1 over the Sharks. Game 5 will be at HP Pavilion Saturday night at 7pm as the Sharks will look to end the series on home ice. As bad as the score was tonight, it's just one game and the Sharks still have a huge advantage in the series. Detroit outshot the Sharks 14-3 in the period and 37-29 for the night.
16:31 More minors are handed out as Vlasic and Rafalski get two minutes each for slashing, so back to more four-on-four.
13:38 Huskins is set free and the Sharks have killed off another penalty.
12:23 Murray exits the box and the first penalty has been killed off. You have to hand it to Greiss, he has really played well since entering the game under tough circumstances.
11:38 Huskins is called for roughing Holmstrom as Holmstrom was bumping Greiss in the crease and all three end up in the net. Detroit will have a five-on-three power play for :45 with Murray already in the penalty box.
10:23 Murray gets called for roughing along the boards in the San Jose zone as the game is starting to see frustration boil over on both sides. Also, Clowe and Draper are handed ten minute misconducts as the referees are showing they are in control of this one. Another power play for the Red Wings.
10:06 Nichol and Abdelkader, who flirted with going at it earlier in the game, drop the gloves along the boards in the neutral zone. Each receives a minor and five for fighting; Nichol gets the extra two for cross-checking, while Abdelkader gets the deuce for roughing.
7:33 With the second minor on Thornton winding down, Franzen does get his fourth goal of the night. A slapshot by Lidstrom from the left point is gloved down, but it deflects toward Franzen who roofs it down low left, the Red Wings make it 7-1 with the second against Greiss. Franzen becomes the third Detroit player with four goals in a playoff game, first since Brendan Shanahan in 2001. Also he ties a record for most goals in a playoff game against the Sharks, matching Theo Fleury who scored four against San Jose for Calgary 5/13/95. DET PP GOAL: Franzen 4(6) A: Bertuzzi 4(8), Lidstrom 2(6) at 7:33
3:52 Wild scrum in the San Jose zone after a whistle and a delayed penalty to Heatley for holding the stick of Zetterberg after a draw in the Detroit zone. Thornton gets four minutes for roughing after mixing it up with Holmstrom and Lidstom; Thornton also gets a ten minute misconduct and Helminen will serve the minors for Joe. While for the Red Wings, Holmstrom gets two for roughing. It works out to a four minute power play for Detroit.
2:18 After a whistle for offsides on the Red Wings, Abdelkader takes a swipe at Demers and both are sent off for roughing; teams will skate four-on-four.
0:54 Lidstrom comes out of the box and the teams are back to five-on-five hockey.
0:00 Sharks will begin the third on the power play with :54 carrying over from the second.
20:00 Second period ends and San Jose will have :54 carrying over in the Lidstrom minor to the third trailing 6-1. Sharks outshoot the Red Wings 15-14 in the period and have a 26-23 edge for the game. After holding a sizeable edge in draws in the first period, Sharks did a much better job in the circle during the second as Detroit still with a slight edge for the night of 52% to 48%.
19:11 Sharks get on the board and it's Heatley with the power play goal, snapping a string of 12 straight power plays without a goal. Heatley breaks the shutout bid with a slapshot from between the circles that beats Howard low stick-side for the five-on-three goal. After just one five-on-three all regular season, San Jose has three of them in this series. By scoring with four seconds left in the Kronwall penalty, the Sharks will stay on the power play with Lidstrom still in the box. SJ PP GOAL: Heatley (2) A: Thornton (7), Marleau (4) at 19:11
18:54 Lidstrom is called for hooking in the Detroit zone, giving the Sharks a five-on-three for :21.
18:40 Demers shot through traffic from the high slot gets deflected just wide as Howard caught a piece of it.
17:15 Kronwall is called for interference on Murray after a dump-in right wing side as the big Sharks defenseman joined the rush.
15:49 Draper is set free and the Red Wings have erased all three Sharks power plays tonight. Both teams had chances during the two minutes and Greiss had to make a couple nice saves. Boyle had the best chance for the Sharks, a shot from the top of the right circle, but Howard just got a piece of it to send it wide.
13:49 Sharks will get a power play as Draper is called for hooking.
12:30 Good chance for Couture off a draw in the Detroit zone. Couture fired a turn-around wrist shot from between the circles that Howard steered aside with the paddle.
11:55 Thornton comes out of the box and the Sharks have killed off another penalty.
9:55 Thornton picks up his first penalty of the playoffs, he is called for roughing Zetterberg in front of Howard as they were battling for position; fourth power play for the Red Wings.
8:00 The Red Wings, in addition to the goal scoring, have established a strong forecheck tonight; that’s been a key to some of their offensive success.
5:55 Clowe exits the box and the first successful penalty kill for the Sharks tonight.
3:55 Clowe is called for unsportsmanlike conduct, he was tangled up with a Red Wing right in front of Greiss.
3:05 Detroit is two for two on the power play as Rafalski gets one passed Greiss to make it 6-0. Bertuzzi, who is having a monster night too, fed Rafalski the puck as the Red Wings had a nice set up in the San Jose zone. DET PP GOAL: Rafalski (2) A: Bertuzzi 3(7), Franzen 2(11) at 3:05
2:34 Helminen is called for tripping Abdelkader in the neutral zone.
0:00 We start the second period with a change in goal for the Sharks, Thomas Greiss gets his first action of the playoffs as he is in for Nabokov. Also word from the Red Wings is Stuart will not return, he has a lower body injury.
20:00 Period mercifully comes to an end and it's 5-0 Red Wings. Despite the score, the Sharks outshot Detroit in the period 11-9 and outhit the Wings 14-11. The five goals allowed by the Sharks ties a record for the most allowed in a period of a Stanley Cup Playoff game (5 by St. Louis 4/23/00).
18:50 With a delayed penalty called against the Sharks, the Red Wings make it 5-0. Filppula from the left corner throws a puck toward the net and it bounces off the skate of Murray, who was standing in front, and passed Nabokov. DET GOAL: Filppula (4) A: Holmstrom (3), Datsyuk (7) at 18:50
16:06 Lilja comes out of the box and Detroit has killed off the last eleven Sharks power plays.
14:06 Sharks get another power play as Lilja high-sticks Couture. Couture was cutting down the slot after a good cycle and took the stick in the face from the Detroit defenseman.
13:54 Good chance for Mitchell driving in from the left corner and trying to jam one passed Howard. Sharks are outshooting the Red Wings 8-7 despite trailing.
11:36 Prior to a face-off Nichol gets into it with Draper. It's the veteran saying, you maybe up on us now, but there is still a lot of time left and we are not going anywhere.
11:16 Make it the hat trick for Franzen in a span of 3:26, and a natural hat trick at that, amazing. This time it's an unassisted goal for The Mule who had two goals the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs in ten games prior to tonight. Franzen grabbed a loose puck between the circles after Boyle tried to glove the puck out of the zone; Franzen fired a shot which Nabokov stopped, but Franzen put home his own rebound down low left. DET GOAL: Franzen 3(5) A: Unassisted at 11:16
10:44 The Red Wings make it 3-0 and again it's Franzen. Betruzzi at the high slot drops the puck for Franzen and Franzen rips a wrist shot from near the top of the left circle, high glove side passed Nabokov. DET GOAL: Franzen 2(4) A: Bertuzzi 2(6), Lidstrom at 10:44
9:55 Terrific shift by the Pavelski line that nearly results in the Shakrs getting on the board. They cycled the puck deep in the Detroit zone for a good thirty seconds.
7:50 The Red Wings score again, and again it's Franzen putting it in the net. A defensive breakdown leaves Franzen alone at the edge of the crease; spinning after a little contact with Nabokov, Franzen as he was falling, jams it in with a backhand. Zetterberg threw the puck toward the net from the top of the left circle and it bounced off Franzen to his right where he had time to slide it in. DET GOAL: Franzn (3) A: Zetterberg 2(8), Bertuzzi (5) at 7:50
5:40 With the power play winding down the Red Wings get on the board first. Franzen fires a shot from the top of the left circle that gets tipped by Bertuzzi through Nabokov as Bertuzzi was parked at the top of the crease. It is the third straight game in which Detroit has scored first and their third power play tally of the series. DET PP GOAL: Bertuzzi (2) A: Franzen (10), Zetterberg (7) at 5:40
3:43 Off a face-off in the Detroit zone, Helminen is called for tripping giving the Red Wings their first power play.
3:40 Two-on-one rush for the Sharks as Couture and Mitchell race up ice. Couture fires a wrister from the right circle, which Howard gets a piece of with the glove and the puck goes out of play.
3:01 Draper bolts out of the box as Detroit kills off the early penalty despite a solid power play by the Sharks.
2:30 Couple of good stops by Howard on point blank shots by Boyle and Blake.
1:01 Detroit is called for too many men on the ice, giving the Sharks an early power play; Draper serving it for the Red Wings.
0:00 Pavelski's line will get the start tonight with Blake and Vlasic on defense, while the Red Wings will start the Datsyuk line with Stuart and Kronwall on the blueline.
San Jose Patrick Marleau-Joe Thornton-Dany Heatley Ryane Clowe-Joe Pavelski-Devin Setoguchi Manny Malhotra-Logan Couture-Torrey Mitchell Jamie McGinn-Scott Nichol-Dwight Helminen