The Detroit Red Wings winning ways continued Thursday night as they picked up a shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks, giving them three wins in a row and points in five consecutive games.
Henrik Zetterberg scored in regulation and in the shootout to lead the Red Wings to the win. Goaltender Chris Osgood made 33 saves on 34 San Jose shots before stopping both Sharks shootout chances.
After a scoreless first period the Sharks got on the board with 5:19 left in the second. Joe Callahan carried the puck into the Detroit zone on a three-on-two.
Defenseman Jonathan Ericsson fell down, leaving Brett Lebda split between Callahan and Logan Couture. Callahan moved the puck to Couture who fired a shot from the right faceoff circle between Osgood’s pads.
Zetterberg evened things up at 5:38 of the third period, poking home the rebound of a shot by Nicklas Lidstrom. San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov attempted to cover the puck but Zetterberg streaked in off a line change to get to the crease and knock it from under Nabokov’s pad and into the net.
A frantic final minutes couldn’t break the tie before the shootout was required.
Pavel Datsyuk and Zetterberg both beat Nabokov with fancy fake-outs. Nabokov stopped Jason Williams on Detroit’s second shot while Osgood stopped both Dan Boyle and Ryane Clowe.
Nabokov made 35 saves on 36 Detroit chances before the tiebreaker.
Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. San Jose had three tries with the extra attacker while Detroit had two.
The Red Wings return to action on Saturday when they begin a short road trip in Toronto. The game is the annual Hall of Fame Game, at which longtime Detroit captain Steve Yzerman will be honored along with Brian Leetch and former Red Wings Brett Hull and Luc Robitallie.
A little early to kick things off for a 10:30 start but I already mentioned being sick and I’m afraid that if I don’t do it now I might forget to do it at all.
The Red Wings have a series of lineup changes coming up for tonight’s matchup with the Kings, as Ty Conklin, Chris Chelios and Kirk Maltby all get into the game.
Conklin backed up Chris Osgood in Anaheim last night but Maltby and Chelios were both healthy scratches. Chelios replaces Brett Lebda on the blue line and Maltby retakes his spot on the fourth forward unit after Meech had it last night.
Lebda did not play for the final 27:42 in Anaheim, replaced by Meech after the latter returned from an injury. It would appear that he is either injured or in coach Mike Babcock‘s dog house.
Detroit goaltender Ty Conklin stopped all 23 shots he faced Thursday night, leading the Red Wings to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
The Wings’ fourth liners contributed half of their team’s scoring as Kirk Maltby scored the game’s first goal and Kris Draper added the game’s final tally.
“We were able to do some good things, cycle the puck,” Draper said. “It’s nice to be able to chip in. Not every night it’s going to happen, but we have to be a little more consistent. Now, hopefully we have something to build off.”
Maltby, who had sat out the previous game as a healthy scratch, scored at 7:40 of the first period, banging in the rebound from Draper’s wraparound attempt on LA goalie Jonathan Quick.
Draper’s goal also came from the front of the net as she slammed home a pass from Tomas Kopecky with 6:01 left in the second period.
In between those goals, Johan Franzen and Mikael Samuelsson scored for Detroit.
Franzen scored with 3:16 left in the first on a tap-in to the open side of the net on a pass from Henrik Zetterberg with the Red Wings on a power play.
Samuelsson beat Quick on a one-timer from the side of the net at 9:43 of the second period.
With the win, the Red Wings remain unbeaten in regulation through the first three games of their five-game western road trip.