Power Play Goals Not Enough For Wings in Loss to Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings scored two first-period power play goals Monday night but could manage nothing else against the San Jose Sharks as they dropped a 5-2 decision at Joe Louis Arena.

It was just the team's second home regulation loss of the season.

Tomas Holmstrom redirected a Nicklas Lidstrom slap shot past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi at 7:48 of the first to open the game's scoring.

An apparent goal by Valtteri Filppula was waived off minutes later but officials blew the play dead as the puck slipped under Niemi, before it rolled out from under him and into the net.

With Detroit's momentum halted Joe Thornton got the Sharks on the board while shorthanded.

Playing the point on the power play, Jiri Hudler pinched in to swat at a loose puck but Dany Heatley got it past him. Heatley and Thornton went in on a two-on-one, with Heatley passing across for an easy goal by Thornton with 4:01 remaining in the period.

Johan Franzen put the Red Wings back in front 2:36 later, scoring from an acute angle on a nice passing play from Brian Rafalski and Holmstrom.

Niclas Wallin's shot from the point at 4:53 of the second was deflected past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to tie the game back up and Logan Couture put the Sharks out front eight seconds later, snapping a shot from the left circle past Howard.

Heatley scored on another two-on-one with 1:03 left in the period, this time keeping the puck and snapping it past Howard from the right faceoff circle.

Couture's second of the night wrapped up the game's scoring as he tipped a Ryane Clowe pass in behind Howard with 8:43 to play.

Niemi stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced, with only 11 of those saves needing to come in the second and third periods. Howard made 30 saves on 35 shots.

Detroit scored on two of their six power plays and allowed one shorthanded goal. The Sharks were scoreless on four tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Nashville Predators.

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Late start to the thread, I had an appointment run long.

Howard is in net for the Wings, Niemi for San Jose. Draper is back out and Eaves is back in.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 7:44 PM

 

Homer with the nice redirection, Lidstrom firing intentionally wide.

f*cking quick whistle. Jesus christ.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 7:54 PM

 

That puck was never stopped. It was rolling behind Niemi when the whistle went. That's f*cking bullsh*t.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 7:57 PM

 

Stuie comes up big on the PK.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 8:03 PM

 

Who the f*ck pinched in there? Hudler? That's why he's not supposed to be on the point.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 8:09 PM

 

Great passing, great shot, another PPG. And that wouldn't have happened had Couture not been a bitch about that Kronwall hit.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 8:14 PM

 

f*cking redirection. And what the f*ck was that?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 8:41 PM

 

Howard just wasn't set for that one at all. What in the hell?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 8:42 PM

 

Somebody want to tell me what the f*ck that was?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/6/2010 at 8:42 PM

 

Sharks are pressuring...

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/6/2010 at 8:43 PM

 

How we looking?

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/6/2010 at 8:49 PM

 

How we looking?


3-2... Sharks had two back to back goals early in the Second.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/6/2010 at 8:55 PM

 

In one of my threads I talked about jersey etiquette at hockey games. A fine example is the guy wearing the Rangers jersey sitting behind Coach Babcock.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/6/2010 at 8:58 PM

 

That's two Jimmy looked bad on. Great shot, but Howard should have had better positioning.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 9:05 PM

 

Are we just too tired after the road trip?

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/6/2010 at 9:37 PM

 

Are we just too tired after the road trip?


I seem to remember on of the players quoted in freep.com that come Tuesday morning, being "tired" wouldn't be a conversational topic (or something to that effect).

Posted by DetroitRiver on 12/6/2010 at 9:41 PM

 

After that I would say we are done... Looks like Todd got us back at home.

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/6/2010 at 9:44 PM

 

They're gonna review this one? Not gonna make a damned difference. Where was the ref making sure to get the right call when it would have been 2-0?

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 9:45 PM

 

Well, I'm gonna have some comments later. This sucked.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/6/2010 at 10:02 PM

 

Well, I'm gonna have some comments later. This sucked.


No sh*t... Worst game this year

Posted by SYfanSD on 12/7/2010 at 5:36 PM

 


Well, I'm gonna have some comments later. This sucked.


No sh*t... Worst game this year

I wouldn't go that far but it was bad enough that I didn't bother to post the comments I said I'd have later. f*ck it, not worth it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 12/8/2010 at 2:28 PM

 
Tomas Holmstrom

Tomas Holmstrom
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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