Special Teams Front-and-Center as Red Wings Beat Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks leaned heavily on their special teams for scoring Saturday night, with only three of their combined nine goals coming at even-strength. All three of San Jose's goals came on the power play but it wasn't enough to stop Detroit from picking up the 6-3 win.

The Red Wings scored three times while skating five-on-five, once while shorthanded, once on a four-on-three and one more time with a two-man advantage.

Detroit opened the scoring 6:53 into the game on a goal by Henrik Zetterberg.

Nicklas Lidstrom worked the puck down low to Pavel Datsyuk who send a blind backhand cross-ice pass to Zetterberg in front of the net for a tap-in.

It was the only goal of the first period. The second period would be much more eventful, with six goals and eight penalties.

Kris Draper's shorthanded goal put the Red Wings up by a pair just 54 seconds into the period but Devin Setoguchi got the Sharks back within one on the same power play 32 seconds later.

Jonathan Cheechoo tied the game on another power play at 7:42, moving to go behind the net with the puck but then coming back out front and stuffing it in after goalie Dominik Hasek had moved off the post.

Niklas Kronwall put the Red Wings back out in front halfway through the period. With both teams scrambling and netminder Evgeni Nabokov out of position, Kronwall raced down low to grab the loose puck and throw it back out front. It deflected off of Sandis Ozolinsh and into the net.

Lidstrom added another on a blast from the point with 6:45 left and the Red Wings skating four-on-three. Just 2:12 later, Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Brian Rafalski shot past Nabokov on a five-on-three.

Steve Bernier pulled the Sharks back to within two goals 47 seconds into the third period, putting the puck into an open net with Hasek out of position on a San Jose power play.

Dan Cleary finished off the game's scoring, getting the puck from Zetterberg on a two-on-one and putting it past Nabokov.

The Red Wings finished the night two-for-five on the power play while the Sharks went three-for-six.

Hasek made 15 saves on 18 shots and Nabokov stopped 22 of 28 chances.

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Sadly I'll be missing this game, also (taping it definitely!wink.png I may take a peek at the score every now and then though.

Who's staying up for the game? (Excluding you Westerners, curses! <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" /> [haha, do know I'm kidding])

Predictions on scoring? I hope Dr. Fil and Christian Ehrhoff score, and always the marvelous PVD. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/ohmy.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":o" border="0" alt="ohmy.png" />

(Someone want to add some game notes? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" /> )

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 1/19/2008 at 5:05 PM

 

I'm staying up. Or at least that's the plan right now.

Surprise out of practice is that Hasek gets the start. Osgood was supposed to go based on the rotation but Babcock switched it up. He sees Osgood going in the next game with Hasek starting the last one before the All-Star Break and Osgood going again after the break. Personall, since Ozzie is starting the All-Star Game and Hasek is back in form, I'd have Hasek start the first game back, as well, and count the ASG as Osgood's start.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2008 at 6:26 PM

 

I'll have to do NHL radio tonight since I am at work. Agree with the call on who is getting the start. Once Dom is hot he usually stays that way for a few games. Will be looking forward to seeing Ozzie in the next game, and if all goes well Zata and PVD will start to pick up their scoring.

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 7:06 PM

 

Clark, have you heard anything about Ken Holland picking up Hossa from Atlanta? I read a couple of the rumor posts over at specktorshockey.net and most people are saying to trade Hudler and Kronner for him which I think is a bad idea. Just wondering if you have heard anything through your channels

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 9:51 PM

 

Pretty! Oh so pretty! Zata from Pavs and Nick!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 10:53 PM

 

Clark, have you heard anything about Ken Holland picking up Hossa from Atlanta? I read a couple of the rumor posts over at specktorshockey.net and most people are saying to trade Hudler and Kronner for him which I think is a bad idea. Just wondering if you have heard anything through your channels


After Hossa tore up the Wings, the rumors went nuts. I don't think he's coming here, the Thrashers are still in the playoff race. That would be a stupid deal anyway.Blind backhand cross-ice pass from Datsyuk to Zetterberg. Any more prefixes I could put on that? Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2008 at 10:53 PM

 

Talk about eyes in the back of your head!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 10:58 PM

 

I would like to see Cheli check Roenick!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 10:59 PM

 

Would like to see KRONBALL rewarded with his shot from the point finding the back of the net.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/19/2008 at 11:04 PM

 

PAVS continues to Amaze me with his over-all abilities ....

He's a threat going both ways ....

WOW!

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/19/2008 at 11:15 PM

 

Drapes with the Shorty!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 11:36 PM

 

DRAPER's goal was Great, but CLEARY deserves special recognition for making it happen.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/19/2008 at 11:36 PM

 

Damnit!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 11:37 PM

 

Quick goals. I wonder what Dom was complaining about.

Weird hearing Ozo's name since he practically disappeared.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2008 at 11:40 PM

 

Hold the f*cking post, Dom! Jesus.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2008 at 11:48 PM

 

DOMN, DOMN, DOMN

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/19/2008 at 11:49 PM

 

KRONBALL{S} drives one home.

Nice one.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/19/2008 at 11:52 PM

 

Very nice effort by Kronner. Needed that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2008 at 11:56 PM

 

It really p*sses me off when Dom stands there an looks like a complete jackass. He has that "What it's not my fault " look

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 11:56 PM

 

Anaheim, WTF? Great call there. I'll take the 5 on 3

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 11:58 PM

 

Wow. Bullsh*t call on Homer.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2008 at 11:59 PM

 

It really p*sses me off when Dom stands there an looks like a complete jackass. He has that "What it's not my fault " look


DOMN just has his SENIOR moments now again ..... Someday you'll understand ... <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/cool.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid="B)" border="0" alt="cool.png" />

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/19/2008 at 11:59 PM

 

And then Homer get's the interference

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/19/2008 at 11:59 PM

 

And it doesn't f*cking matter! Suck it, bitches! Way to go Nick!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/19/2008 at 11:59 PM

 

Gee whiz... CLEARY made THAT one happen too.

Nice screen Danny

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:00 AM

 

And it doesn't f*cking matter! Suck it, bitches! Way to go Nick!


Yeah what he said as Nick makes the blast from the point

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2008 at 12:01 AM

 

Dom dove but it was also a slash. Should have called both, as much as I hate when they do that.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2008 at 12:01 AM

 

Screw it, just throw the whole team in the box

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2008 at 12:02 AM

 

Crisp WING passing has to be driving the SHARKS crazy.

Especially their Goalie -- Nabarro??

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:03 AM

 

Wow. Getting crazy with the penalties.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2008 at 12:04 AM

 

When was the last time you saw a six on three?

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2008 at 12:04 AM

 

And the Wings capitalize again! Way to go Raffy!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2008 at 12:04 AM

 

RAFALSKI!!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2008 at 12:05 AM

 

Passing on the tapes ... and RAFFIE gets one back !

Yippee Eye OH ... Ky Ehhhh

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:05 AM

 

I'll laugh if they score again

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2008 at 12:06 AM

 

Ooopss Mule gets it.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:08 AM

 

Spent the a better part of the last quarter of the period on a five on three. Good thing Dom was still awake on that last shot

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2008 at 12:09 AM

 

Very important that the Wings capitalized so much there. Gotta have strong defense and not let the Sharks back in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2008 at 12:10 AM

 

Spent the a better part of the last quarter of the period on a five on three. Good thing Dom was still awake on that last shot


DOMN is subject to lapses in judgment, mind wanderings ...

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:20 AM

 

Good game going on CBC .. final minutes of 3rd ... LA 4 Vancouver 3

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:28 AM

 

Ugh, not good. PPG for San Jose and another Detroit penalty.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2008 at 12:34 AM

 

Great Rush by the WINGS led by FRANZEN who makes a world class play putting it on the net.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:42 AM

 

Sharks goalie .... Nabarro .... Nabokov .... hey I was close.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:45 AM

 

Nice pass by Zetterberg to Cleary. Huge goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2008 at 12:46 AM

 

Nice outlet pass to ZED then to CLEARY who finishes!!

Some world class stuff going on here at the TANK.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:46 AM

 

Kronner willing to give up his stick to DOMN .... Classic.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 12:49 AM

 

I think DOMN enjoys looking at the rafters ..... seems to be on his back an inordinate amount of time.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 1:01 AM

 

CHEECHOO, MARLEAU and THORTON were conspicuously absent this evening in the TANK.

Posted by skyguy52 on 1/20/2008 at 1:05 AM

 

Cheechoo had the tying goal early. The Wings do a pretty good job of shutting down the other two, though.

Weird, messy game all around but the Wings held on and played strong, good to see.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 1/20/2008 at 1:21 AM

 

The game was about as sloppy as the officiating. Some of those calls were ridiculous!

Posted by SYfanSD on 1/20/2008 at 10:19 AM

 

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