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Penalties Haunt Sharks In 6-3 Loss

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings faced off at HP Pavilion on Saturday in a rematch of last year's Western Conference Semifinals.

Saturday's outcome was no different than the first two regular season meetingts as the Sharks gave up four second period goals, including one shorthanded and fell to Detroit, 6-3.



Evgeni Nabokov squared off against Dominik Hasek between the pipes and Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi made his return to the lineup after being recalled on Friday from the Worcester Sharks, San Jose’s top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.

Detroit was first on the board with an even-strength goal from Henrik Zetterberg at 6:53. The Wing’s leading goal scorer notched his 28th of the year to provide the 1-0 lead.

When Craig Rivet was called for roughing, Detroit looked to up increase their advantage, but Team Teal’s penalty killers kept the lead at one.

San Jose tested Hasek late in the stanza when Matt Carle threw one on net from below the left faceoff circle, but Hasek held on as Patrick Rissmiller looked for the tip.

That was the Sharks sole shot in the period and they trailed by one at the break. San Jose would play the rest of the game short a man as Curtis Brown would leave with a hand injury.

A double minor for highsticking to Valtteri Filppula at the beginning of the second gave San Jose a four-minute power play, but it was Detroit who immediately scored. A long centering pass failed to produce the intended shorthanded breakaway, but the puck found its way to Kris Draper and the veteran skated it in for his eighth goal of the season.

San Jose quickly responded. With the first minor still in play, Sandis Ozolinsh ripped a shot to Hasek with Setoguchi planted on top of the crease. The puck found Setoguchi’s blade and San Jose was once again within one goal.

Strong forechecking by Jeremy Roenick forced a Red Wings turnover and in an effort to control Joe Thornton behind the net, Niklas Kronvall was sent to the penalty box.

San Jose would use the opportunity to tie the contest thanks to an effort by Jonathan Cheechoo. The Moose Factory, Ontario product controlled the puck that was tipped by a Red Wing defender in the slot. With no room to shoot on the backhand, Cheechoo started to move behind the net. As soon as Cheechoo noticed Hasek cheating to the far post, he hit the brakes and stuffed the puck in short side.

Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov lunges for the puck on a shot attempt by Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen in the second period on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
The tied game had the fans in playoff mode, but it was the following shift that had them at their loudest. The Sharks did not find the go-ahead goal, but a series of scoring chances brought the crowd out of their seats.

Those emotions quickly faded as Detroit rattled off three unanswered goals to close out the second. The first came when traffic in the crease prevented Nabokov from moving across to a loose puck and Kronvall knocked it in before he could move to the other side of the net.

Detroit’s fourth tally came when an odd sequence of penalties hit San Jose with three minors on one play. Niklas Lidstrom ripped one home on a five-on-three and then Tomas Holmstrom, on another five-on-three, lit the lamp with a blast. The three tallies all came within a 5:27 time period.

The saving grace for the Sharks was Lidstrom took a delay of game penalty with seven seconds remaining in the second and San Jose would start the third on the advantage.

Team Teal would take advantage of the scenario and score 47 seconds into third period. The chance began when Sandis Ozolinsh carried the puck into the zone and nudged it forward to Michalek. The delivery sent him in alone on Hasek, but Michalek didn’t have quite enough room to beat his countryman. The puck remained loose and when Michalek gathered it behind the net, he threw it back toward Hasek again. This time Bernier popped the rebound over the downed netminder and the Sharks had life once again.

As the period neared the midway point, the Wings pushed the lead to three again. Detroit's sixth goal came when Henrik Zetterberg led a two-on-one with Daniel Cleary. When the passing lane opened up, Zetterberg made the pass and Cleary deposited it in the far side before Nabokov could shift across the crease.

With 1:21 to go, the Sharks earned a power play when Hasek was called for delay of game. The Sharks worked the puck around the zone on their first offesive effort, but Detroit broke up every play after that. The time expired and Detroit skated away with the 6-3 victory.

LINES
Michalek-Thornton-Bernier
Marleau-Mitchell-Setoguchi
Grier-Pavelski-Cheechoo
Rissmiller-Brown-Roenick

Ehrhoff-Vlasic
Carle-Rivet
Murray-Ozolinsh

Nabokov-Greiss

NEXT GAME
The Sharks will continue their four-game homestand when they play hosts to Chicago on Tuesday, January 22 at 7:30 PM (Pacific). The game will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area in High Definition, 98.5 KFOX FM, Sharks Radio Affiliates and SJSHARKS.com.
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