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Sharks Aim To Gain Ground On Detroit

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

Dany Heatley went a smidge high on the hat trick effort on the empty net, but it did not change the outcome. San Jose won their third in a row over the Red Wings and the final on this night was 3-1.

Detroit used their TO to plan the final push with Joey MacDonald pulled for the extra skater.

One of the most unusual goals Patrick Marleau will ever score.  He was chasing the puck alongside Jonathan Ericsson and Joey MacDonald came out to play the puck.  MacDonald's clearing effort hit Marleau, bounced in the air and sailed across the goal line.  San Jose led 3-1.

San Jose has won 63.5 percent of the faceoffs this game.

5/6 the way through regulation and the one goal lead is in tact.

For a team that played the night before, the Wings started strong in the third.

On the Sharks extended shift in the second, former San Jose favorite Brad Stuart was stuck on the ice for 2:53.

San Jose took the 2-1 lead to the lockerroom.

An absolutely amazing attack by San Jose that kept Detroit from reaching center ice for what seemed like two minutes.

San Jose killed off a Wings power play to maintain the 2-1 lead.

Joe Thornton's assist on the second Sharks goal moved him into the 55th spot on the NHL's all-time assist list.

On an early second period power play, Dany Heatley struck again.  This time it was a Joe Pavelski pass to Heatley wide open in the slot and he redirected it before Joey MacDonald could react.

The period began 4V4 with Joe Thornton and Niklas Kronwall in the box for their actions at the end of the second.

Joe Thornton and Niklas Kronwall were in a tussle as the whistle blew, but the refs quickly stepped in.

Bad luck for San Jose the game is tied at one as they played terrific the first 20 minutes. 

Tomas Holmstrom tied it later on the same power play as he deflected one from in front and this time it counted.

Justin Braun was whistled for a delay of game for clearing the puck over the glass.  Detroit appeared to score seven seconds in, but goalie interference was called and the tally was waived off.

Douglas Murray put Darren Helm on the ice and the aggressive play nearly led to a Devin Setoguchi goal.

Antti Niemi just swallowed up a shot from Justin Abdelkader to keep the Wings off the board.

Detroit had their first power play when Logan Couture was sent to the box.  Tomas Holmstrom parked himself right in front of Antti Niemi.

The shot clock favored San Jose 10-1 at this point.

San Jose scored on their sixth shot.  The play began when Patrick Marleau skated around the Detroit defense before getting the puck up high to Ian White.  The slap shot was not handled and Dany Heatley sttuffed in the rebound.

An incredible second shift by Thornton's unit.

A couple of early shots with big rebounds for San Jose 's offense n the first minute.

San Jose would be without Dan Boyle, Kent Huskins, Scott Nichol and Antero Niittymaki for the contest.  Ben Eager did return to the lineup. 

Devin Setoguchi, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture started up front with Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Jason Demers positioned in front of Antti Niemi.  Joey MacDonald was in the nets for Detroit.

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