Red Wings Rally for Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings fell down 2-0 early in the first period Tuesday night but scored four unanswered goals to earn a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks.

Two goals in a 4:04 span late in the first pulled Detroit back into a tie with the Sharks after Joe Thornton scored twice 3:34 apart earlier in the period to put San Jose up by two. A pair of goals 4:18 apart in the third wrapped up the game’s scoring to give the Red Wings the win.

Dan Cleary beat San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov from in front of the net off a feed from the side of the goal by Valtteri Filppula to get the Red Wings on the board with 5:08 left in the first.

With 1:02 left in the period, Henrik Zetterberg banged home a rebound chance after Nabokov made an amazing save on Tomas Holmstrom with Detroit on a five-on-three.

Derek Meech put the Red Wings in front at 4:40 of the third period, banking a bad-angle chance off of Nabokov’s pad and into the net on an attempted centering pass.

Patrick Eaves added an insurance marker at 8:58, putting in a rebound chance from the side of the net.

Thornton had opened the scoring at 6:11 of the first period, knocking home a rebound that Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard couldn’t handle.

At 9:45 Thornton extended the lead, corralling another loose puck and putting it in past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 32 saves on 34 shots while Nabokov made 33 stops on 37 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings scored on two of their six power play chances. San Jose was scoreless on three tries with the extra attacker.


Niklas Kronwall left the game after the second period with an ankle injury. He is not expected to play in Anaheim on Wednesday.

Red Wings – Sharks Postgame Notes

It’s after one in the morning, some ungodly hour at which hockey has no right being played. Niklas Kronwall went out with a mysterious “tweak” of some kind. None of that matters ’cause that was one of the best games the Wings have played all year.

I’ll admit, I was ready to quit when the Wings went down 2-0. These late games just make it too tough to watch when Detroit is getting beat to hell. But the Red Wings didn’t quit, they rallied before the first period was over and pretty much dominated the rest of the game en route to their 4-2 game.

It was a game the Wings could have quit on but they didn’t and it got them an important pair of points in the standings.