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Live Game 3 Blog -- Sharks vs. Red Wings

by Tony Khing / San Jose Sharks

If you've been following the Sharks this year, this team just has a knack for never saying never. They did it in the series against Los Angeles and they do it again tonight. Never mind the fact that the Sharks repeated history in this game. Yes, it was one year ago when the Sharks won by the same score and in overtime. On the hat trick, Setoguchi gets his first playoff hat trick and it's the fifth in franchise history (Patrick Marleau has three and Ulf Dahlen has the other). There's a lot of fight in these guys...and it came across tonight.



7:11 -- Penalty over.

5:11 -- Red Wings to go on the power play. Setoguchi grabbed Todd Bertuzzi by the collar of the sweater. The Wings have two PPG on three attempts.


SYNOPSIS: The Sharks really put on the pressure in the third. They outshot the Wings, 16-8, in the period. San Jose is now outshooting Detroit, 35-34, in the game. As far as total chances on goal (and this includes missed and blocked shots), Detroit is still to the good, 66-55.

20:00 -- Oh you had a feeling that this was going to go into overtime. Detroit had a chance in the last minute, but Datsyuk couldn't convert. The Sharks will be playing their fifth overtime game of the playoffs and second of this series. Sharks 3, Red Wings 3. Oh yeah, we're going to have yet another one-goal game.

15:52 -- Sharks tie the game!!! Kyle Wellwood passes the puck from the left corner to Dan Boyle in the right slot and he gets his first goal of the playoffs. Torrey Mitchell gets the second assist. Sharks 3, Red Wings 3.

14:04 -- The Sharks are putting more pressure on DRW. The shots on goal for the period reflect this: San Jose 10, Detroit 6.

10:30 -- Sharks are outshooting Detroit, 8-5, in the period. Setoguchi and Couture each have four to pace the Sharks. Detroit has a very slight edge in faceoffs, 51 to 49 percent.

8:30 -- Penalty over.

6:22 -- Yet another fast start to the period. And the Red Wings are going to the box. Sharks have two power play goals tonight and four in the series. Jiri Hudler is in for hooking.

QUICK NOTE: Alex Ovechkin's attempt of imitating Mark Messier by guaranteeing a win tonight didn't work. Washington is swept by Tampa Bay, 5-3. And Boston downed Philly, 5-1. Their series is now 3-0 in favor of the B's.

SYNOPSIS: Red Wings have a lead for the first time in the series. They're outshooting San Jose, 26-19, in the game and 14-8 for the period. Logan Couture and Setoguchi each have three shots to pace San Jose. Missing from the shot chart: Joe Thornton and Ryane Clowe. Patrick Marleau has just one. Special teams have been interesting for both teams. Each has allowed two goals.

20:00 -- Period ends and the Wings lead the Sharks, 3-2.

18:27 -- Red Wings score. Pavel Datsyuk gets off a nice snapper from the left dot and the puck goes in. Each team now has two power play goals. Zetterberg and Holmstrom with the helpers. Detroit 3, San Jose 2.

16:33 -- Setoguchi goes to the box for holding.

14:49 -- Sharks get a power play goal! Devin Setoguchi wound up for the slapper, which looked like he fanned on it, but it goes through. That's his second of the game and third of the playoffs. Thornton and Dan Boyle with the helpers. Sharks 2, Red Wings 2.

14:16 -- Sharks going on the power play. Brian Rafalski goes off for interference.

13:59 -- Red Wings score. Helm tries to tuck one in from the right post, but he loses the puck. Patrick Eaves gets the loose biscuit and backhands it over Niemi. Eaves gets his third postseason goal. Kris Draper gets the other assist. Detroit 2, San Jose 1.

11:26 -- Again, few stoppages in the period. Shots in the game favor Detroit, 22-16. Same for the period, 10-5.

7:20 -- Few stoppages in this period so far. The action has been up and down and fast. Detroit is outshooting San Jose for the game, 16-12, and in the period, 5-3. San Jose has five players with two shots each.


SYNOPSIS: Detroit outshoots San Jose, 12-11. Wings outhit the Sharks, 17-3. Crredit the goaltenders on both sides for doing a stellar job with saves. Niemi made some great snags in the period. At this point, special teams are making the difference as the power play has provided both goals. Relentless pressure on both sides resulted in both goals Give both special teams credit.

BY THE WAY...Tampa Bay is winning, 3-2, over Washington after two periods. If you didn't hear, Alex Ovechkin has promised victory tonight and the Caps need it or they're done. Meanwhile, Boston leads the Flyers, 4-1, after two.

19:41 -- Rush hour in front of the net and the Wings score. Henrik Zetterberg dumps one behind to Nicklas Lidstrom in the slot after a flurry of two quick shots to score. Lidstrom gets his second of the series. Assists to Zetterberg and Tomas Holmstrom. Sharks 1, Detroit 1.

18:44 -- Ian White will be going to the box for tripping.

18:10 -- Penalty over.

16:56 -- Dany Heatley sighting on the bench. Good news for the Sharks.

16:07 -- Wings go to the box. Kris Draper goes to the box for roughing.

14:12 -- Sharks outshooting the Wings, 8-6. Once again, the Red Wings go to the box and they give up another goal. Coach Mike Babcock can talk about staying out of the box all day and night, but if his guys can't do it, well...

12:57 -- Sharks score on the power play!! Devin Setoguchi smacks a loose puck out of the air for the goal. That's his second of the postseason. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau with the assists. Marleau got the puck out of the corner to begin the play. Sharks 1, Red Wings 0.

11:55 -- Wings go to the box. Darren Helm high sticks Scott Nichol in the slot. Sharks have scored twice in 11 tries on the power play.

11:30 -- Shots now even at 6-6. And Dany Heatley gets smacked by Niklas Kronwall near the neutral zone. He did get up on his own but has gone to the Sharks locker room.

8:30 -- Sharks are now 8 of 9 on the PK in the series.

7:50 -- Niemi has made two great saves, including on a one-timer by Jiri Hudler.

6:29 -- Sharks going to the box for Interference -- Ryane Clowe goes to the bin. Detroit outhitting San Jose, 7-1, and outshooting them, 3-2.

2:06 -- Niclas Wallin winds up from the right point. Howard makes the glove snag.

QUICK NOTE NO. 2: Benn Ferriero is playing, so is Jamal Mayers. Ben Eager is not dressed.

QUICK NOTE: Antti Niemi in goal for San Jose...Jimmy Howard for Detroit.
Good afternoon/evening (depending on where you live)! Welcome to the Game 3 Live Blog as the San Jose Sharks face the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Depending on how you want to look at this, the Sharks are up 2-0 or the Red Wings are down 2-0. Either way, tonight’s game is crucial to both teams. San Jose would love to take a 3-0 lead in this series to set up a potential series clincher on Friday. That would be good for the psyche. Detroit, who’s celebrating 20 consecutive playoff seasons (they’ve got a logo and a dedicated web site to this thing), knows teams have a very hard climb when they’re down 3-0.

A few things to scope out:

THE BATTLE IN THE SLOT: If you’ve been at HP Pavilion or are fortunate to have an HD television, you’ve seen both sides try to stake claim to that piece of ice in front of the goaltenders. Check out Dan Boyle vs. Tomas Holmstrom. Boyle is like the noisy neighbor that won’t go away to Holmstrom. Soon, the two will be jousting at center ice like in Medieval Times. Composites ready???

POWER PLAY: Detroit keeps saying they need to stay out of the penalty box. They’re not listening to themselves. DRW’s penalty kill is ranked 15th out of the 16 teams that started this tournament known as the Stanley Cup Playoffs. One doesn’t think that a team’s PK problems can be solved in 48 hours. As a result, Detroit has to do what they can to stay out of the sin bin. Question: how will that attitude take away from their game?

THE DESPERATION: Not only in Detroit, but with the Sharks. Jason Demers talked about that this morning (see the story on San Jose has to be desperate, too. They don’t want Detroit to take one at home. Of course, you know the DRW will be skating for their lives. That’s a given.

YET ANOTHER ONE-GOAL GAME: Last year, four of the five conference semifinal games between these mirror images were decided by one goal. This year, the first two have been like this. Survey says…probably.

REFEREES: Eric Furlatt and Marc Joannette
LINESMEN: Greg Devorski and Brian Murphy

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