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Live Game Blog: Sharks at Detroit

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks accomplished something they have never done before: swept the Detroit Red Wings in their famed Joe Louis Arena. Tonight, Team Teal beat the Wings 4-3 with goals from Joe Thornton, Ryane Clowe on a breakaway and Devin Setoguchi lighting up the lamp twice. Antti Niemi, the regining NHL First Star, made 35 of 38 saves. The Sharks put up 43 shots on Jimmy Howard.


San Jose held on to win 4-3. The Sharks have swept the Red Wings on the road for the first time in franchise history.

Antti Niemi's acrobatic save stole a potential game-tying goal from Johan Franzen as Niemi stretched way out and snagged Franzen's shot from the relatively open net.

Jimmy Howard raced toward his bench to get an extra Detroit skater onto the ice. San Jose blocked a shot and the puck went into the netting so the faceoff will be inside their zone. A timeout is called. San Jose has won 33 of 61 faceoffs.

Henrik Zetterberg scored on the powerplay to cut down the Sharks led to 4-3. Zetterberg received a Tomas Holmstrom pass from the side of the net and scored just as Antti Niemi was sliding across to cover the far side. Johan Franzen earned the secondary assist.

Dany Heatley got tacked with a two-minute penalty late in the game for interference.

Jamal Mayers on the receiving end of a big hit. Detroit has 27 hits tonight.

Jimmy Howard made the save on Logan Couture's shot. That's Team Teal's 41st shot this game.

Devin Setoguchi's one-timer beat Jimmy Howard to give San Jose the 4-2 lead. Setoguchi now has five goals in two games and 14 points in his last 13 games including tonight. Joe Thornton earned the primary assist when he dished to Seto from the corner. Logan Couture tallied the secondary assist.

Antti Niemi turned aside a two-on-two. Todd Bertuzzi headed off the ice early. It could've been a three-on-two for the Red Wings.

The Sharks finally cleared the zone after being in a bit of a jam as Detroit remain aggressive on the attack.

Dany Heatley and Patrick Marleau on a two-on-one. Heatley passed to Marleau near the slot but Marleau's attempt missed the mark.

Antti Niemi are under constant attack that last minute as the Red Wings tried to tie things up.

Dan Cleary's shot zinged off the post as he narrowly missed getting a hat trick.


Four goals in the middle stanza but the Sharks still own the one-goal lead at 3-2. San Jose already has 31 shots on goal. Detroit has 20 hits in the game.

Another late goal from the Sharks. Logan Couture's shot was initially blocked but Jimmy Howard failed to cover up the rebound. Joe Thornton quickly grabbed the rebound and smartly attempted a wraparound since Howard was down on the ice around on the other side but the puck appeared to be going a tad wide. Devin Setoguchi came streaking in toward the net and knocked the puck into the net before he himself went into the net. Sharks up 3-2.

Dany Heatley puts a body on Brian Rafalski in the offensive zone.

San Jose got little time to enjoy Ryane Clowe's goal as the Red Wings tied things up again on fellow New Foundlander Danny Cleary's goal. Antti Niemi made the initial save but the rebound went over to the open ice where Cleary picked it up and wristed it toward Niemi who once again made the save. Cleary collected his own rebound and squeaked the puck into the net near the post as Niemi was scrambling to cover the far side of the net. Game tied up at 2-2.

Ryane Clowe went on a breakaway due to a high turnover. He deked and his backhander goes upstair to beat Jimmy Howard to give the Sharks a 2-1 lead.

San Jose got called for an icing and the faceoff was to Antti Niemi's right. Niemi has been busy in net as of late with the Red Wings picking up the pace.

The net came off and the refs whistled the play dead.

Ryane Clowe's shot was saved by Jimmy Howard. San Jose has 25 shots on net so far. Detroit has 17.

Dan Cleary tied the game up at 1-1 on a very lucky backhander. Nicklas Lidstrom shot from on high didn't reach Antti Niemi through all that traffic but Jiri Hudler was able to get a stick on it. Cleary backhanded the puck from below the goal line and the puck bounced off Danny Boyle's leg and Niemi's pad before bouncing across the goal line.

Joe Thornton won the faceoff in the offensive zone. San Jose has won 12 of 27 faceoff so far this game.

Antti Niemi made the save and then started the rush the other way. Jamal Mayers' shot was saved by Jimmy Howard who was greeted with an ice shower thanks to Mayers.

Dan Boyle appeared hurt and skated to the bench during play to get attended to.

Henrik Zetterberg won the second period opening faceoff.


Antti Niemi faced 10 shots compared to Jimmy Howard who saw 18 thanks to three Sharks powerplay including a four-minute penalty. The usually shooting shy Joe Thornton led the way with five shots including the last shot of the first period that ended in the net. Former Shark Brad Stuart led all skater with 9:21 of ice time so far.

Joe Thornton and the Sharks made quick work on the powerplay. Thornton netted his 300th career goal on a back hand tap in. Dan Boyle's shot from the blue line went through traffic where Joe Pavelski attempted to redirect it before Thornton got his stick on the puck and knocked it in.

San Jose would go on a last minute powerplay thanks to Jiri Hudler holding penalty.

Detroit got called for another icing.

Logan Couture put a hit on Jonathan Ericsson as Ericsson loss his handle on the puck as he made his way through the neutral zone.

Ryane Clowe, who left the sin bin a half a minute ago, shot and it was saved by Jimmy Howard. San Jose successfully killed off the penalty and kept Detroit of the shot clock the whole two-minutes of Clowe's penalty.

Ryane Clowe called for a tripping penalty near the benches. We'll get to see the fifth best powerplay in the league hit the ice. San Jose currently sit at 16th with a penalty kill percentage of 81.7.

Nicklas Lidstrom rejoined his teammates on the ice as his penalty expired. Detroit is now only a man down instead of being two skaters down.

Joe Thornton shot ringed off the post and into the netting. The Sharks have spent most of the powerplay so far in the offensive zone setting up play.

San Jose would go on a five-on-three powerplay due to a Nicklas Lidstrom who got tagged with a high-sticking penalty. Logan Couture again was the unforunate victim of the high stick.

Detroit won the faceoff in the defensive zone and started a rush. A nice play from Dan Boyle forced the Red Wing forward to shoot a bad shot which was saved by Antti Niemi. Niemi was pushed into his net and the goal post came off as the Red Wing literally crashed the net.

Red Wings' Jonathan Ericsson earned a four-minute penalty for high sticking Logan Couture who is bleeding from the mouth. The Sharks are fourth in the NHL with a powerplay percentage of 22.8.

Douglas Murry put the hurt on Tomas Holmstrom in the defensive zone.

Detroit called for icing.

Captain Joe Thornton finally put the Sharks on the shot clock. The Red Wings five already.

San Jose regained some of the momentum back after Detroit dominated the start of the game.

JiriHudler won the game's opening faceoff over rookie sensation Logan Couture.


Following a short two-game homestand, the San Jose Sharks head back onto the road and will take on the Detroit Red Wings tonight.

Team Teal is 12-2-1 in their last 15 heading into tonight's matchup with their hated rival at the Joe Louis Arena.
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