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Sharks-Red Wings Game 1 Blog

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks


San Jose-2, Detroit-1 (OT)
(San Jose leads series 1-0)

Three Stars
1. Ferriero (Game winning goal, +1)
2. Pavelski (Goal, 5 shots)
3. Datsyuk (Assist)


7:03 Ferriero wins it for the Sharks following the old addage if you throw it to the net good things will happen.  In his first career playoff game and on his 24th birthday he is the hero.  Sharks on a cycle in the left wing corner get the puck to Ferriero and his wrist shot slips through the legs of Howard and in as the Sharks take game one and are now 4-0 in overtime playoff games for 2011.
SJ E Goal: Ferriero (1)  A: Couture (4), Boyle 2(5) at 7:03  2-1 SJ

6:43 Abdelkader exits the box but the Sharks have the pressure on.

2:43 Sharks swarming around Howard who stands the test but San Jose will go on a four-minute power play as Abdelkader called for high-sticking Wallin.

0:00 Thornton line leads it off against the Datsyuk trio.


20:00 All tied at the end of regulation and the Wings were lucky to survive regualtion.  The Sharks were peppering Howard from all angles and the Detroit netminder made huge saves to keep it tied.  Sharks outshot the Red Wings 12-7 in the third and lead 39-24 for the night.  Sharks are 3-0 in overtimes thus far in the playoffs.

15:52 Detroit kills off the power play; Sharks generated two shots with the man advantage.

14:32 Howard with a tough glove save on Setoguchi's one-timer from the right dot.

13:52 Sharks go back on the man advantage as Eaves slashes Marleau along the boards to the right of Niemi in the San Jose zone.

10:22 Sharks tie it up with a sensational play by Pavelski on the power play.  Boyle carried the puck in right side and dropped it for Thornton at the right point.  The Sharks captain blasted a slap shot from the top of the right circle that Howard made a blocker save on; the puck popped into the air and Pavelski whacked it in out of the air and into the net.
SJ PP Goal: Pavelski (4)  A: Thornton (4), Boyle (4)  at 10:22  1-1

9:41 Bertuzzi called for boarding Pavelski as the Sharks will go on the power play.

6:38 Howard with a right shoulder save on Couture on a turnaround shot from low in the right circle.  Another strong chance for the Sharks stopped by Howard.

3:54 Niemi with a couple nice saves early in the third and keeping it a one goal game.

0:00 Third period underway as the Thornton line starts against the Datsyuk line.


20:00 Detroit with a late push to end the second, but it's still 1-0 Red Wings at the end of two.  After the Sharks dominated the opening two-thirds of the period, the Red Wings controlled the final part.  Niemi and the Sharks caught a huge break as a shot late in the period slid behind the Sharks goalie and went along the goaline.  Detroit took the final six shots of the period, but San Jose still leads 27-17 in that category.

14:17 Bertuzzi skates to the Detroit bench in pain clutching his left wrist after a hit from Demers behind the Sharks net.  Rafalski back on the bench.

11:07 Shots are 17-3 San Jose in the period and the Sharks have taken the last 15.  Rafalski went into the Red Wings dressing room.

9:57 Matching minors for roughing to Pavelski and Howard after a big scrum at the Detroit net; Hudler serves the minor for the Red Wings netminder.  We'll skate four-on-four over the next two minutes.  Crowd took exception with the ruling.

8:33 Hudler exits the box after a decent power play that generated three shots.  Howard looks really sharp.

6:33 Hudler called for tripping Pavelski  in the Detroit zone while chasing after the puck putting the Sharks on the power play.

6:11 Sharks are outshooting Detroit 7-2 in the period and 16-10 for the game.  Quick pace to this one and a lot of skill on display.

4:20 Tremendous work by the Sharks, but Howard with some impressive stops after being under siege for about two minutes.  He was under heavy pressure from the Couture line that produces several good chances. 

0:00 Second period gets started with the Thornton line matched against the Datsyuk line.


20:00 Entertaining first period comes to an end with the Red Wings leading 1-0.  Sharks outshot Detroit 9-8 but the Wings won 9 of the 15 face-offs.

18:02 Heatley is set free after another effecient Sharks penalty kill.  That unit looks a lot stronger thus far than it did in the Kings series.

16:02 Heatley is called for interference on Rafalski in the Detroit zone while forechecking; not the strongest call.

14:31 Sharks trying to get the momentum produce another strong chance, but Howard makes the save on a one-timer from Mitchell who went uncovered straight off the bench and down the left wing.

13:20 Ericsson comes out of the box as the Red Wings kill off the minor; Sharks get two shots with the man advantage.

11:20 Sharks get their first power play as Ericsson is called for hooking Wellwood in the Detroit zone.

9:30 Red Wings strike first as Lidstrom buries a slapshot top-shelf glove side from the high slot.  The Detroit captain jumped in from the right point and Datsyuk found him for the blast as the Sharks lost the recently turned 41-year-old defenseman.
DET E Goal: Lidstrom (1)  A: Datsyuk (5)  at 9:30  1-0 DET

8:30 First good pressure from Detroit applied from the Datsyuk line with a good cycle for about :45 in the San Jose zone.  Shots are 5-2 Sharks.

6:36 Sharks really buzzing around Howard with a terrific shift from the Thornton line, best chance a one-timer from Setoguchi that just missed the net top shelf glove-side.

4:30 Sharks with an outstanding penalty kill that generated two scoring chances for Wallin and Heatley.

2:30 Scrum in near the benches results in matching roughing minors to Ferriero and Miller (Miller ended up on the Sharks bench), but Nichol is whistled for a cross-check giving the Wings the first power play of the series.

1:44 Sharks fire the first shot of the series as a wrister from Mitchell at the top of the right cirlce is frozen by Howard.

0:00 Round Two is underway as the Datsyuk line starts for Detroit with Stuart and Lidstrom on defense; the Sharks begin with the Thornton line with Boyle and Murray at the blueline.


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

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

scratches: Jakub Kindl, Kris Draper, Mike Modano, Chris Osgood

San Jose:   Benn Ferriero is in the line-up for the first time in the playoffs

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

Starting Goalies:

SJ: Antti Niemi back-up: Antero Nittymaki

DET: Jimmy Howard back-up: Joey MacDonald


Referees: Steve Kozari, Stephen Walkom

Linesman: Brad Lazarowich, Jay Sharrers

Video Judge: Mike Shanley

Supervisor: Kris King
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