Red Wings Drop Fourth Straight with Shootout Loss to Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings returned home from their five-game road trip Thursday night but the while the venue changed the results stayed the same as they dropped their fourth decision in a row, this one a shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Patrick Marleau scored the only goal of the tiebreaker, faking out Jimmy Howard to win the game for San Jose.

The Red Wings had opened the game's scoring with 7:47 left in the first period when Johan Franzen snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle over the shoulder of Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov while on a power play.

Just 35 seconds later Joe Thornton tied the game, crashing the net and banging the puck in from the side of the crease after it bounced off the back boards on a shot by Niclas Wallin.

Dwight Helminen put the Sharks in front with 10 seconds left in the period, taking a centering pass after being left uncovered in the slot and snapping a shot into the open side of the net.

Jason Williams, the subject of many trade rumors with scouts from ten teams in the stands, tied the game with 7:05 left in regulation, skating around one San Jose defender before lifting a shot over Nabokov's shoulder.

Nabokov stopped a career-high 50 shots on Detroit's 52 chances in earning the win. Howard made 24 saves on 26 San Jose shots.

The Red Wings went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Sharks were scoreless in two tries with the extra skater.

Detroit plays their last game before the Olympic break on Saturday as they host the Ottawa Senators.

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The Red Wings are still mired in a slump and need every point they can get. Thankfully, tonight they're playing the Western Conference leading San Jose Sharks.

Ridiculously, in the middle of their worst season in twenty years, the Wings are unbeaten against the top team in the West.

Tonight they could even be bolstered by the return of Tomas Holmstrom to the lineup. He's expected to give it a go tonight but could still be a late scratch. Niklas Kronwall, however remains out.

McCosky clues us in to the fact that a third of the league is sending scouts to tonight's game, not including executives from Detroit and San Jose. The Red Wings need to shed some salary so there could be a trade in the works, or it could be something related to the Sharks.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 6:44 PM

 

Ridiculously, in the middle of their worst season in twenty years, the Wings are unbeaten against the top team in the West.


We need some serious knocking on wood to make up for this statement!____________Holy hell, that was scary!

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/11/2010 at 7:39 PM

 

Is that a CG ad on the *glass*? WTF?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 7:41 PM

 

Clowe thinks Fil viciously attacked his elbow with his face.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 7:45 PM

 

Jimmah with the big stop.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 7:52 PM

 

Meech should have had that. there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 8:01 PM

 

JMF Franzen!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 8:02 PM

 

Some would say that was goalie interference. I would say it's another goal by a player the Sharks didn't have to pay fair value for.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 8:04 PM

 

What a stop by Nabokov. Wow.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 8:14 PM

 

Dammit Nabokov. Can't he pretend it's the playoffs?

Posted by catmandu on 2/11/2010 at 8:15 PM

 

What is it with this team? Play the whole f*ckin period. The last minute counts!

Posted by catmandu on 2/11/2010 at 8:17 PM

 

I was all ready to say that was a pretty good period but the Wings needed more goals for having outplayed the Sharks so much and then San Jose scores again. Fantastic.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 8:18 PM

 

Better period. Need the goals, though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 9:18 PM

 

Willy?

Willy!

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 9:53 PM

 

Playing for the scouts. Works for me.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 9:54 PM

 

Willy!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/11/2010 at 9:55 PM

 

Ericsson takes Clowe off the ice for the next five minutes? Worth it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 9:57 PM

 

Look at Jonny E dropping the gloves!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/11/2010 at 9:58 PM

 

Power Play!!!!

Posted by SYfanSD on 2/11/2010 at 9:58 PM

 

At least it's a point? I want more, the Wings have carried the play for most of this game.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 10:08 PM

 

Oh man, here we go.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 10:14 PM

 

Well sh*t. Put in Osgood?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 10:19 PM

 

I still hate Marleau for breaking Mathieu Schneider's wrist at the one Red Wings game I went to. I now dislike him for this, too.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 2/11/2010 at 10:26 PM

 

And Howard goes down too early again. Wouldn't have mattered if any of his teammates had gotten a goal. Williams shoots but not Zetterberg? WTF?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 2/11/2010 at 10:26 PM

 

Ericcson turns it over more than Lijla did in 2007 (note he really improved the next season). Ericcson in behind hi sown net with the puck: A) nice bounce pass off boards to D-man OR B.) slowly stickhandles, stops skating, and makes a very soft pass into traffic or to d-man

Posted by RideTheRedWave on 2/12/2010 at 1:45 AM

 
Jason Williams

Jason Williams
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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