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Sharks-Red Wings Blog Game 7

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
SHARKS vs RED WINGS

GAME SEVEN WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS 5/12/11

FINAL
Sharks-3, Red Wings-2
(San Jose wins series 4-3)

THREE STARS
1. Boyle (2 Assists, 27:04 ice time)
2. Setoguchi (Goal, Assist)
3. Datsyuk (Goal, +1)

Notes:


He was not named a star for the game, but Thornton was outstanding tonight.  He won 9 of his 15 face-ffs and had 22:03 in ice time, plus would not come off the ice over the final few minutes to make sure the Sharks were able to bring the series win home.  He now has 11 points in the last 11 playoff games (2-9-11).

In the eight playoff wins over the Detroit Red Wings during the last two Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sharks have won each game by one goal.

Boyle leads all defenseman in points in the postseason (2-9-11).

For the second consecutive season, Marleau scores the series clinching goal against Detroit.

San Jose is in the Western Conference Finals for the second straight season and third time in franchise history.

San Jose is 5-2 all-time in Game 7's and 2-0 at home; the Sharks are 2-0 all-time in Game 7's against the Red Wings.

3rd PERIOD

20:00 It's over and the Sharks are on to the Western Conference Finals and will take on Vancouver after a tremendous 3-2 win over the Red Wings in Game 7 and fitting another one goal game.  Detroit outshoots the Sharks 40-30 for the night and 12-7 in the third period.

19:31 Niemi with a tough glove save on a rocket from Datsyuk.

18:38 Everyone is standing at HP Pavilion as the Red Wings have used their time out after Niemi freezes the puck.  Mike Babcock is pulling Howard for the extra attacker.

16:57 Mitchell comes out and a huge kill, needless to say.

14:57 Mitchell is called for slashing Salei giving the Red Wings a critical late power play.

13:59 Datsyuk with a world class play, a ridiculous backhander from the right dot beating Niemi over the right shoulder.  A play only a talent like Datsyuk can make.
DET E Goal: Datsyuk (4)  A: Stuart (2), Ericsson (2) at 13:59  3-2 SJ

12:13 Sharks take a two-goal lead as Marleau jams home jams home a rebound from the doorstep right side off a shot by Setoguchi from the left circle.  Boyle carried the puck in on a three-on-two. 
SJ E Goal: Marleau (3)  A: Setoguchi (2), Boyle 2(9) at 12:13  3-1 SJ

9:33 Clowe comes out and an abbreviated power play for the Sharks.

8:47 Marleau with a clear at the right point is slashed by Kronwall as we will play four-on-four until Clowe comes out.

8:38 Niemi with a glove save on a Kronwall shot from the right point.  A lot of pushing and shoving after the play.

8:27 Boyle brings the crowd to their feet after a huge hit on Holmstrom at the top of the crease after Niemi covers the puck.

7:33 Power play for the Red Wings as the Sharks are guilty of too many men on the ice; Clowe will serve the penalty.

7:10 Sharks catch a break as Zetterberg sees an open Kronwall jumping up from the right point but the puck bounces on the defenseman and he cannot control it.

5:40 Solid shift for Thornton's line as Howard freezes a Marleau wrister from the right circle.

3:30 Cleary out for the rest of the game with an upper body injury.  Red Wings are down two skaters.

3:04 End to end play to start the third and both sides very physical. 

0:45 Couture clanks one off the post glove-side of Howard rushing down the left side; light did go on but it was clearly no goal.

0:00 Thrid period gets started with the Couture line for the Sharks and the Red Wings counter with the line of Abdelkader, Hudler and Zetterberg with Kronwall and Salei on defense.

2nd PERIOD

20:00 Sharks escape the second clinging to a 2-1 lead as the Red Wings owned the second period.  Detroit outshot San Jose 17-6 and leads 28-23 through two periods.

16:55 Shots are 14-6 Red Wings in the second.

15:32 After a long shift with the Couture line on the ice and an icing call, the Sharks use their time out.

14:12 Cleary is injured on a blind hit from his linemate Hudler high in the San Jose zone.  Cleary turning went head first right into Hudler's left shoulder.  Cleary is helped off the ice and went right into the dressing room.

13:10 Detroit gets on the board and capitalizes on an odd-man rush.  Sharks turn the puck over high in the Detroit zone on a blind pass giving the Red Wings a three-on-two.  Zetterberg drives in from the left side and flips a backhand over Niemi's right shoulder to make is 2-1 Sharks.
DET E Goal: Zetterberg (3)  A: Filppula (6) at 13:10  2-1 SJ

12:45 Datsyuk comes out and the Red Wings kill off the penalty.

12:21 Howard the only reason this is still a 2-0 Sharks lead, another big save for the Red Wings; stoning Setoguchi on a one-timer in the slot.

11:15 Howard with a large save going post to post to shut down Clowe on a one-timer in the slot.

10:45 Datsyuk ruined a good Detroit cycle with an interference penalty on Boyle sending the Sharks on their second power play.

8:00 Demers is back on the ice so it appears it was only an equipment issue.

6:17 Big save by Niemi robbing Kronwall's one-timer as the Detroit defenseman was pinching in from the left point.

4:56 Terrific shift for Murray as he leveled Holmstrom with a huge hit in the corner off to Niemi's left and then blocked a shot off Datsyuk.

3:39 Sharks best chance of the second thus far as Heatley and Clowe were swarming around Howard.

3:00 Demers went into the dressing room, will update if there is something.

2:19 Bertuzzi is out for the rest of the game with an upper body injury.

0:00 Sharks will try and pick-up where they left off after an outstanding first period.  Detroit starts the line of Zetterberg, Cleary and Hudler in the second with Kronwall and Salei on defense; Sharks start with the Couture line with Boyle and Murray on the blueline.

1st PERIOD

20:00 First period comes to an end and a first period dominated by the Sharks.  San Jose ourshot the Red Wings 17-11 and won 15 of the 21 face-offs.  Niemi was stellar when they needed him, but Thornton was an animal in the first period.

19:01 Couture makes it 2-0 Sharks with an awesome play in the Detroit zone, was a one-man wrecking crew.  Stole the puck right off the stick of Zetterberg low right side of the Detroit zone, spun and fired a wrist shot passed a surprised Howard top-shelf glove side.
SJ E Goal: Couture (6)  A: Unassisted at 19:01  2-0 SJ

17:17 Vlasic comes out of the box and the Sharks kill off another penalty.  Best chance for Detroit didn't end up on net, blocked shot after a Murray giveaway in the San Jose zone.

15:17 Vlasic is called for tripping Helm in the San Jose zone giving the Red Wings another power play.

14:30 Clowe emerges from the box after a strong penalty kill.

14:09 Terrific short-handed chance for the Sharks as Thornton races down the right side, finds Heatley in the slot for a one-timer that is frozen by Howard after a tough save.

12:30 Clowe is called for roughing Howard fighting for a loose puck at the right side of the crease.  Detroit gets their first power play.

12:20 Sharks score first and break an 0-for-10 on the power play.  Thornton with a crisp pass from behind the net and a one-time rocket from inside the left circle by Setoguchi finds the back of the net.  Very good work with the man advantage.
SJ PP Goal: Setoguchi (6)  A: Thornton (9), Boyle (8) at 12:20  1-0 SJ

11:08 First penalty of the game and the Sharks get a power play.  Ericsson is called for holding Mitchell deep in the Detroit zone.

10:59 Boyle with a one-timer from the right point is held by Howard.  Another strong shift with pressure, this time it's the Thornton line.

10:09 The Pavelski line swarming in the Detroit zone crashes the net and tries to jam it in but Howard keeps the game scoreless; good sustained pressure on that shift.

9:13 Sharks with a good chance on a tip from Clowe in front as Demers fed it from the right corner.

9:02 Clowe with a semi-breakaway fires a wrister on net racing down left-side, Howard with the save but he bobbled it before holding for a draw.

7:00 Sharks have won 5 of the first 7 face-offs.

4:27 Detroit attempting a number of long range shots from the neutral zone to test Niemi early.

3:10 Good chances both sided early, shots are 4-1 Sharks.  Murray with a terrific defensive play in the slot to take a one-time chance away from Zetterberg.

1:50 Nichol with a good chance early off a rebound low left side it turned aside by Howard.

0:00 Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Holmstrom start up front for the Wings with Lidstrom and Stuart on defense; Sharks begin Game 7 with Thornton, Marleau and Setoguchi at forwards with Boyle and Murray on the blueline.  We are unserway!

PRE-GAME


Detroit:
Tomas Holmstrom-Pavel Datsyuk-Drew Miller
Todd Bertuzzi-Henrik Zetterberg-Danny Cleary
Justin Abdelkader-Valtteri Filppula-Jiri Hudler
Kris Draper-Darren Helm-Patrick Eaves

Nicklas Lidstrom-Brad Stuart
Brian Rafalski-Jonathan Ericsson
Ruslan Salei-Niklas Kronwall


scratches: Mike Modano, Johan Franzen, Jakub Kindl


San Jose:

Ryane Clowe will play tonight!

not playing: Kent Huskins, Justin Braun, Jamal Mayers,
Andrew Desjardins, Brandon Mashinter, Jamie McGinn, Thomas Greiss


Ryane Clowe is on the ice for the pre-game skate.  We'll know if a few minutes if he's in the lineup.


Starting Goalies:

SJ: Antti Niemi              back-up: Antero Nittymaki
DET: Jimmy Howard     back-up: Joey MacDonald


Officials:
Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Dan O'Halloran
Linesman: Shane Heyer, Jonny Murray
Video Judge:  Mike Shanley
Supervisor:    Kris King
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