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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Detroit

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Logan Couture scores twice in San Jose's 5-2 win in Detroit. This is only the Red Wings' second regulation loss at home this season and Detroit's Jimmy Howard's first regulation home loss in 21 games. After a slow start from the Sharks, they get back into the game on Joe Thornton's shorthanded goal. Niclas Wallin, in his first game back from injury, and Dany Heatley scores the other San Jose goal.


3RD

20:00
Team Teal takes a commanding 5-2 win in Detroit.

19:46
Dan Cleary's shot narrowly goes wide of Antti Niemi's net as San Jose scrambles to clear the puck. The Sharks, however, gets tack with an icing call.

19:00
Sharks successfull kill off another powerplay and only a minute seperate them from the win.

18:36
Detroit tries a crease pass by Justin Braun foils the attempt and instead controls the puck and then clears it all the way down.

16:54
Niclas Wallin gets two minutes for interference. That's the Sharks first penalty this period.

13:58
Rookie Justin Braun fires a rifle of a shot from the point but Jimmy Howard makes the save and holds on to the puck. Sharks have 12 seconds left on the powerplay.

12:09
Johan Franzen goes off for charging. Sharks go on their fourth powerplay this game.

11:17
Logan Couture lights up the lamp again to extend San Jose's lead to 5-2. Couture begins the rush at the Sharks' blueline, uses the board to elude Detroit's defense to enter the zone and the puck deflects off Couture's skate on Ryane Clowe's shot from the point. Derek Joslin earns the secondary assist. The goal is under review because Couture's skate was involved, but the goal stands.

10:10
Antti Niemi covers up the puck with his glove to force the faceoff to his right. There's been a scoring change -- Dany Heatley's first goal at 4:53 in the second period is now given to Niclas Wallin instead. That's the Swedish defensman second goal of the season.

7:52
A Detroit shot zings off the post to keep the Sharks' lead at 4-2.

4:36
An uneventful powerplay for the Sharks expires.

2:36
Valtteri Filppula gets two minutes for high sticking. San Jose will go on their third powerplay of the night.

2ND

20:00
San Jose scores three even strength goal, two of said goals came eight seconds apart, in the second period to lead 4-2. Team Teal continues to dominate the faceoff circle, winning 18 of 31. The Sharks put up 21 shots versus Detroit's 22 so far in the game.

18:57
Dany Heatley scores his second goal this period to extend the Sharks lead to 4-2. Heatley recovers a Detroit turnover in the neutral zone near the benches and beats Jimmy Howard one-on-one. Douglas Murray earns the only assist on the goal.

17:44
Former Sharks Brad Stuart blocks a Sharks shot.

15:01
Detroit successfully kills off the penalty.

12:59
Tomas Holmstrom goes to the sin bin for goalie interference.

12:21
Antti Niemi makes the initial save but the puck trickles slowly behind him still. Niemi leans back and falls down on the puck to take the faceoff to his left.

11:44
Team Teal finally clears the zone and are able to switch up their penalty killers. Detroit is taking their sweet time setting up in the Sharks zone.

10:25
Jamal Mayers gets two-minutes for holding as he attempts to slow down a rushing Red Wing. That's the Sharks' fourth straight penalty.

5:01
San Jose initially loses the faceoff at center ice following their goal, but Ryane Clowe occupies his Red Wing counterpart as Logan Couture sweeps in and steals the puck from beneath his skate. Couture catches Detroit back on their heels, advances in on Jimmy Howard and  accurately nets one in the seven-hole. Sharks get their first lead of the game 3-2.

4:53
Sharks tie it up at 2-2. Justin Braun retrieves the puck as it rims around the boards and quickly passes it to Niclas Wallin who snaps it toward Jimmy Howard. The puck deflects off Dany Heatley's stick at the front of the net and goes in behind Howard.

1:44
Jimmy Howard makes a routine save on Derek Joslin's attempt. Sharks are back to five skaters as they try to tie up the score with Detroit leading 2-1 currently.

0:00
Sharks will start out the second period down a man as they try and kill off the remainder of Joe Thornton's holding penalty.

1ST

20:00
A penalty-filled period from the Sharks put them in the hole 2-1 after 20 minutes of action. Thanks to said penalties, Detroit is able to put up 16 shots on net and are two-for-four on the man advantage. San Jose has nine shots that period. Joe Thornton scores on shorthanded, San Jose's second shorty all year.

19:13
Captain Joe Thornton takes San Jose's fourth minor of the first period. Thornton gets tack with a holding penalty.

18:35
A defensive breakdown leads to Johan Franzen scoring his 12th goal of the game. Franzen, who is left open down in the corner, goes top shelf over Antti Niemi's outstretch glove to give back the lead to Detroit. Tomas Holmstrom and Brian Rafalski earn the assist.

17:37
Sharks successfully kill off the penalty and Niklas Kronwall puts a hit on Ryane Clowe. Logan Couture and team, however, take exception and go after Kronwall near the benches. Couture gets two minutes for roughing because of that.

15:59
Joe Thornton on the other end of a give-and-go scores a shorthanded goal to tie up the game. Dany Heatley takes advantage of the puck bouncing off a Detroit stick at the side to start the rush with Jumbo Joe. Heatley earns the only assist on the goal.

15:00
Antti Niemi makes the save and San Jose clears the puck all the way down to waste some of Detroit's powerplay time.

14:17
Derek Joslin goes to the penalty box again, this time for elbowing.

13:50
Team Teal's powerplay expires but they still control the puck and trying to get advantage of the zone time.

12:00
A chance near the net for Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton who got Red Wing netminder Jimmy Howard to commit down low but Howard's defense collapse around him to deny Marleau a chance at the open top shelf.

10:36
San Jose will look to even up the score on the powerplay provided by Justin Abdelkader who gets two minutes for slashing.

7:59
The Red Wings again win the faceoff, following the goal, and rush into the Sharks' zone. Antti Niemi makes the initial save and Detroit thought they scored another quick goal but the official quickly wave it off much to the displeasure of Red Wings crowd. Head Coach Todd McLellan calls a timeout to cool off Detroit.

7:48
Winning the ensuing faceoff, Detroit works quickly to set up inside the zone. The puck makes it's way around the perimeter before reaching Captain Nicklas Lidstrom who shot it from the point. Tomas Holmstrom, in his customary position in front of the goalie tips it in to give Detroit the early 1-0 lead with the powerplay goal.

7:08
Defenseman Derek Joslin goes to the box for cross checking. The Red Wings will get their first crack on the powerplay.

5:03
After a save from Antti Niemi, his sixth save so far, Joe Thornton wins the faceoff in the defensive zone. San Jose leads the faceoff circle thus far winning four of five.

2:23
Niclas Wallin gets a shot on Detroit's Jimmy Howard for the Sharks' first shot of the game.

0:00
Sharks got defesemen Jason Demers and Niclas Wallin back in the lineup. The young Mike Moore was reassigned Sunday.

PREGAME

The San Jose Sharks look to avenge a 5-3 loss at HP Pavilion on Nov. 30 when they take on the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Areana. This will be the first time Team Teal will play in Detroit since eliminating the Red Wings last Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Defensemen Jason Demers, Niclas Wallin and Kent Huskins are listed as day-to-day and Devin Setoguchi is out for this game. Long-time Dallas Star Mike Modano is also out for tonight's nationally televised contest.

Antti Niemi is back in net for the second consecutive game.
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