Red Wings Fall to Sharks, 4-2, for Third Straight Loss

The Detroit Red Wings lost their third consecutive game Friday night, dropping a 4-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks scored three times in the second period to rally from down 1-0.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game's scoring with 7:40 left in the opening period. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line intentionally wide of goalie Antti Niemi, banking the puck off the back boards to Zetterberg low in the right faceoff circle. Zetterberg banged the puck past Niemi for the early lead.

Detroit thought they had a 2-0 lead later in the period when Tomas Holmstrom knocked the puck past Niemi while sprawled out on the ice above the crease but the goal was called back for incidental contact.

Ryane Clowe got the Sharks on the board with a power play goal just 2:10 into the second. Clowe snuck down the left wing untouched as San Jose gained the zone. Marc-Eduard Vlasic worked the puck to Martin Havlat in the slot, who spun it on to the open Clowe for a wrister past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

It was 2-1 San Jose at 7:57 of the second, with Patrick Marleau outracing Ian White to the puck and snapping a shot past Howard.

Holmstrom got a goal that counted with 5:16 remaining in the middle period, deflecting a Pavel Datsyuk power play shot into the net to tie things back up.

With just 1:42 left in the second period, Havlat sprung Joe Thornton for a breakaway, with Thornton beating Howard to make it 3-1.

Thornton added an empty net goal in the game's final minute to wrap up the scoring.

Howard finished the night with 26 saves on 29 San Jose shots, including a perfect stretch early when the Sharks outshot Detroit 7-1. Niemi made 30 saves on 32 Detroit chances.

Each team scored a power play goal on the night, with Detroit getting four tries with the extra attacker and San Jose having three.

The Red Wings will look to end their skid Saturday night in Minnesota.


Notes: Cory Emmerton and Fabian Brunnstrom were the healthy scratches up front for Detroit... Defenseman Mike Commodore was cleared to return from his knee injury but did not play.

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The Red Wings look to rebound from a poor showing in Columbus as they face the San Jose Sharks Friday night.

The Sharks bounced the Wings from the playoffs in a seven-game series last spring and this is their first meeting since. While Detroit has been slumping, San Jose has been on a three-game winning streak.

Jimmy Howard returns to the Wings' crease. Justin Abdelkader shifts back to center, dropping to the fourth line between Drew Miller and Tomas Holmstrom. Patrick Eaves jumps up to the third line. Cory Emmerton and Fabian Brunnstrom are the healthy scratches up front. Mike Commodore has been cleared to play on the blueline but sits tonight.

I know I've said I don't want the Wings to forget either of their two losses but the positive is that they've still won five of seven games. That's still a good start, winning at a rate that would put them at 58 wins on the season (not that I realistically expect them to keep that pace up).

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 6:08 PM

 

Good penalty to take. Weird bounce, better to take away the big scoring chance.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 7:42 PM

 

Jimmy's awake.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 7:44 PM

 

LOL @ Mickey and snakes on a bus. Oh my lord.

Posted by Mathieu_Datsyuk132351 on 10/28/2011 at 7:48 PM

 

First line breaking out the circus moves again. No goals though.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 7:54 PM

 

Fantastic bank off the back boards by Lidstrom. And Zata buries it.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 7:59 PM

 

Fantastic play by Homer to get his stick on the puck there, bullsh*t call.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 8:11 PM

 

Can't really fault anyone there, looked like everyone had someone but there's gonna be a man open on the power play. Duh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 8:34 PM

 

i just wish clowe would get hit by a car...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/28/2011 at 8:36 PM

 

flukie goal...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/28/2011 at 8:44 PM

 

Had to run for a second, missed the Sharks goal. Ugh.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 8:52 PM

 

there ya go! 2-2!

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/28/2011 at 8:54 PM

 

Wow, he was actually in the crease there. We've seen those called back. But what haven't we seen called back?

Great tip.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 8:55 PM

 

Wow, he was actually in the crease there. We've seen those called back. But what haven't we seen called back?Great tip.


It's the Homer Rule...

Posted by DetroitRiver on 10/28/2011 at 9:01 PM

 

Both Cleary and Lidstrom behind the play there. Ugly.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 9:04 PM

 

Still not used to this look for the Wings' power play. Can't tell if it's different because of coaching or that White is more mobile than Rafalski.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 9:41 PM

 

Ericsson pinched and had his shot blocked, got caught up. Could have been bad there.

Posted by YzerFan19 on 10/28/2011 at 9:55 PM

 
Tomas Holmstrom

Tomas Holmstrom
Credit: Clark Rasmussen

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