Red Wings Sign Maltby to Three-Year Extension

The Detroit Red Wings announced on Friday that they have signed veteran forward Kirk Maltby to a three-year contract extension.

The deal will pay Maltby $2.65 million.

Maltby has been with the Red Wings since 1996, when he was acquired for Dan McGillis from the Edmonton Oilers. He was thrilled to be remaining with the team.

“Definitely happy, extremely happy,” Maltby said. “Proud, and so fantastic we could get this done. I wanted to stay here. That was the ultimate goal.”

As Red Wings general manager Ken Holland does not negotiate contracts during the playoffs, this deal was reached before the start of the postseason.

“We worked it out a few days before the playoffs began, and not that my signing would be much of a distraction heading into the playoffs, but we knew the media would find out about it sooner or later,” Maltby said.

Red Wings Even Series with OT Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings rallied from two goals down to force overtime Wednesday night, then scored with 3:56 remaining in the extra period to earn a 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks and even their Western Conference Semifinal series at two wins apiece.

Mathieu Schneider scored the game-winning goal for the Red Wings on their lone power play attempt of the extra frame.

San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan attempted to clear the puck from the side of the net up the middle of the ice and Schneider knocked it down, settling it for a blast on net that deflected off a defender and under the crossbar.

Detroit forced overtime when Robert Lang scored with 34 seconds remaining in regulation.

Rookie Valtteri Filppula carried into the San Jose zone along the left wing and pushed a pass off to Lang, who skated to the top of the left circle and blasted a shot through goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Tomas Holmstrom, playing in his first game of the series after suffering an eye injury in overtime of Detroit’s series-clinching win against Calgary, got the Red Wings on the board with just 5 seconds remaining in the second period.

With the Red Wings starting a power play in the San Jose zone, Henrik Zetterberg won a draw back to Schneider at the blue line, who moved it to Nicklas Lidstrom for a shot on net that was blocked into the air. Holmstrom batted the puck in behind Nabokov to cut San Jose’s lead to 2-1.

The Sharks got on the board with 2:08 remaining in the first period when Todd Bertuzzi lost the puck along the right wing boards in the Detroit end. Milan Michalek and Joe Thornton combined to get the puck to Jonathan Cheechoo on the far side of the ice for a one-timer past Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek.

A fluky goal by Marcel Goc extended the Sharks’ lead at 8:07 of the second. Goc put a shot on net from the right wing boards that deflected off the head of Red Wings’ defender Andreas Lilja before floating over Hasek and into the net.

All of Detroit’s goals came with an extra attacker. Holmstrom and Schneider scored on two of the Red Wings’ five power play attempts and Lang’s marker came with Hasek on the bench for a sixth skater.

The Sharks were held without a power play goal on five tries.

Hasek made 25 saves on 27 shots against on the night. Nabokov stopped 46 of 49 shots against.

The series now shifts back to Detroit for game five on Saturday afternoon. Game six will be on Monday night from San Jose, while a possible game seven would be in Detroit next Wednesday.

Sharks Rebound to Take 2-1 Series Lead over Red Wings

The San Jose Sharks scored twice on the rebound Monday night, helping them rebound from a Saturday afternoon loss to the Detroit Red Wings to take a 2-1 series lead with a 2-1 win.

Jonathan Cheechoo gave the Sharks the win with 6:41 remaining in regulation on a power play. Kyle McLaren‘s blast from the point was stopped by Detroit netminder Dominik Hasek but the rebound was picked up by Cheechoo, who skated around a flopping Hasek and avoided a poke-check to flip a shot into the net.

Ryane Clowe had gotten the Sharks on the board with 7:17 remaining in the second period, taking the rebound of a Matt Carle shot and just poking it past the outstretched glove of Hasek.

Detroit scored the game’s first goal with 8:47 remaining in the first when Nicklas Lidstrom blasted a shot from the top of the left circle past Evgeni Nabokov.

San Jose finished the night with 27 shots as Hasek made 25 saves. Nabokov stopped 29 of 30 Detroit shots.

The Sharks went one-for-five on the power play. The Red Wings scored on one of their four chances with the extra attacker.

The two teams meet again on Wednesday for game four of the series.