Red Wings Rally for Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings fell down 2-0 early in the first period Tuesday night but scored four unanswered goals to earn a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Two goals in a 4:04 span late in the first pulled Detroit back into a tie with the Sharks after Joe Thornton scored twice 3:34 apart earlier in the period to put San Jose up by two. A pair of goals 4:18 apart in the third wrapped up the game's scoring to give the Red Wings the win.

Dan Cleary beat San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov from in front of the net off a feed from the side of the goal by Valtteri Filppula to get the Red Wings on the board with 5:08 left in the first.

With 1:02 left in the period, Henrik Zetterberg banged home a rebound chance after Nabokov made an amazing save on Tomas Holmstrom with Detroit on a five-on-three.

Derek Meech put the Red Wings in front at 4:40 of the third period, banking a bad-angle chance off of Nabokov's pad and into the net on an attempted centering pass.

Patrick Eaves added an insurance marker at 8:58, putting in a rebound chance from the side of the net.

Thornton had opened the scoring at 6:11 of the first period, knocking home a rebound that Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard couldn't handle.

At 9:45 Thornton extended the lead, corralling another loose puck and putting it in past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 32 saves on 34 shots while Nabokov made 33 stops on 37 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings scored on two of their six power play chances. San Jose was scoreless on three tries with the extra attacker.


Notes: Niklas Kronwall left the game after the second period with an ankle injury. He is not expected to play in Anaheim on Wednesday.

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The Wings kick off the West Coast part of their five-game road trip with a late start in San Jose. FSN Detroit has the game at 10:30.

Tomas Holmstrom will make his return from injury, pushing Brad May out of the lineup. This leaves Johan Franzen as the last injured Red Wings forward and he's scheduled back next week in St. Louis. Given the cap issues the Wings now have (which I admittedly don't entirely understand since Franzen's been off the cap all season and the players the Wings have added don't add up to his cap hit), one or more of the players currently on the roster may not return to Detroit when the trip is over.

On the blue line, Jonathan Ericsson will be a healthy scratch for the first time this season. This puts both Brett Lebda and Derek Meech back in the lineup. One of those two could also be moved soon, as Andreas Lilja began his rehab stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins today and will play for them in Rockford tomorrow night.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 7:31 PM

 

What the f*ck did Homer just say? "Hopefully... Hopefully... Eieio."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 10:33 PM

 

Way to control that rebound. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 10:49 PM

 

Well, this might be an earlier night for me than I thought.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 10:58 PM

 

Fantastic setup to get Cleary the goal.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 11:10 PM

 

Thank you, Rob Blake. Dumbass.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 11:16 PM

 

Wow, that was a hell of a save wasted. Nice.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 11:17 PM

 

Wings have picked up the pace a bit this period.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 11:43 PM

 

MD, I see you reading, shouldn't you have school or something in the morning? Not that it ever stopped me when I was your age, back in the day.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 11:44 PM

 

Solid, solid kill.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 11:54 PM

 

Nice graphic, FSN. Olli Jokinen shown wearing #99.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/2/2010 at 11:56 PM

 

MD, I see you reading, shouldn't you have school or something in the morning? Not that it ever stopped me when I was your age, back in the day.


Sssssh, don't blow my cover now!Nah, I took a nap so I could stay up! Who needs education, anyways? <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/3/2010 at 12:01 AM

 

A formal education is grossly overrated.

Addendum: Hockey teaches all sorts of real-world skills. Like foreign languages.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 12:07 AM

 

Sharks really turned it on at the end there. Hope the Wings can bounce back a bit in the third.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 12:13 AM

 

Meech: "I dare you to trade me. Get rid of that Lebda bastard."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 12:37 AM

 

Meech: "I dare you to trade me. Get rid of that Lebda bastard."


If only he would say that! Lebda needs to go!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/3/2010 at 12:38 AM

 

Kronner not on the bench. Oh Christ.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 12:39 AM

 

Eaves: "You're not getting rid of me, either."

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 12:43 AM

 

It seems like the Wings always take over the game in the 3rd period against the Sharks, or it at least feels that way to me.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/3/2010 at 12:44 AM

 

It seems like the Wings always take over the game in the 3rd period against the Sharks, or it at least feels that way to me.


Well there's still time to blow it but I'm liking things so far.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 12:54 AM

 

f*ck me, "Injury update on Nick Kronwall"

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 12:55 AM

 

"Slight tweak" to what?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 12:57 AM

 

Never easy. Goddammit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 1:02 AM

 

Thornton, shut the f*ck up and get off our goddamned goalie.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 1:03 AM

 

I'm so conflicted.

Detroit won, but that pushes Anaheim back a bit.

Although I am glad the Sharks lost tonight. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Posted by Shade on 2/3/2010 at 1:13 AM

 

I'm so conflicted.Detroit won, but that pushes Anaheim back a bit.Although I am glad the Sharks lost tonight. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />


You've gotta let us convince you to get rid of that pesky allegience to Anaheim and then this wouldn't be an issue. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 1:19 AM

 

Kronwall's injury is his ankle. Babcock doesn't think he'll go tomorrow in Anaheim.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 1:24 AM

 


I'm so conflicted.Detroit won, but that pushes Anaheim back a bit.Although I am glad the Sharks lost tonight. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />


You've gotta let us convince you to get rid of that pesky allegience to Anaheim and then this wouldn't be an issue. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.png" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.png" />

Pesky allegiance?How so? They're the hometown boys. Though sadly, we probably won't make the playoffs this season. Unless miracles happen in Anaheim.

Posted by Shade on 2/3/2010 at 1:29 AM

 

Pesky in the fact that it's not to the Wings. <img src="http://forums.detroithockey.net/public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":rolleyes:" border="0" alt="rolleyes.gif" />

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/3/2010 at 1:31 AM

 
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