Wings Beat Sharks in OT, 3-2

Jiri Fischer's goal with 51 seconds left in overtime gave the Red Wings a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks. It was the first extra session game for both teams in this young season. The win for the Wings was a bit bittersweet as Kris Draper left the game early in the second period after taking a puck to the face.

Manny Legace made his seventh straight start for the Red Wings and had to work a bit hard early on as the Sharks controlled the play early. With a combination of penalties and abbreviated situations, the Wings fought off 4 Shark power plays in the first 6 and a half minutes of the game.

The Sharks eventually struck first at 12:29. Nils Ekman picked up a loose puck at center ice and blew past Nicklas Lidstrom and Mathieu Schneider to create a break away. He then slid the puck under Legace's glove to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

The Wings got the goal back just three minutes later on a Brendan Shanahan power play goal. With time running out in the man advantage Jason Woolley's shot from the right point was saved by Sharks' goalie Evgeni Nabokov, but created a big rebound that Shanahan put in from the slot.

In the final minute of the first period and back on the power play, the Wings took the lead 2-1 as Mikael Samuelsson took a ricochet off the back boards from a shot by Jason Williams off a face off. Nabokov was out to cut off the angle at the top of the crease on the right side giving Samuelsson the left side of the net open to score.

The Wings took control of the play early in the third but the Sharks took advantage of their opportunities. A little over 11 minutes into the second period Marco Sturm deflected a high shot from Kyle McLaren past Legace on the power play to tie the game at 2.

Along with Draper, Tomas Holmstrom was also hit in the face with a puck. Both required stitches, but Draper was taken to the hospital on a precautionary basis.

The Wings out shot the Sharks 34-28. They also held the Sharks to one power play goal on nine chances, while they scored twice on six chances.

The Wings will face the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim next, this Friday at Joe Louis Arena.

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I've just gotta say, I'm lovin' Mikey Samuelsson. The Wings sign him and it looks like one of those "What are they doing?" signings, now he's second on the team in scoring.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/17/2005 at 8:18 PM


Wow. Nabokov should be in SoCal, Hollywood could use him. Anyone who truthfully can't stand up to a bump like that doesn't deserve to be in the NHL.

ETA: At least it's going both ways, maybe the Wings can get the lead back on what remains of their own ill-gotten PP at the start of the third.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/17/2005 at 8:59 PM


Okay, who honestly thought that Jiri Fischer would be outscoring Kris Draper at any point this season? <img src="" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.png" />

That said, gotta hope that Drapes is alright after that puck to the head. If it was "just" a precaution to take him in for tests, you'd think that's the case, but you never know.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/17/2005 at 10:10 PM


They said Drapes was sent to the hospital for precationary testing and observation. I'm guessing they're concerned about a concussion. Hope he's ok, I'd hate to lose him at this point.

Posted by shaney on 10/18/2005 at 9:41 AM


Agreed Shaney...Losing Drapes would be awful. It sounds like he'll be OK though.

Posted by loveemall on 10/18/2005 at 11:41 AM


Definitely good to see that Draper going to the hospital really was just a precaution, not Bowman-speak (does Babcock do that like Bowman used to?) for an unspecified major injury.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/18/2005 at 12:29 PM


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