Red Wings Sink Sharks, 4-1

Henrik Zetterberg scored twice and the Red Wings also got goals from Marian Hossa and Ville Leino as Detroit defeated the San Jose Sharks by a score of 4-1 Wednesday night.

Ty Conklin made 34 saves on 35 shots to earn the win.

Hossa opened the game’s scoring on a Detroit power play at 6:51 of the first period. He broke free of a San Jose defender and skated free into the right faceoff circle before snapping a shot that snuck through Evgeni Nabokov‘s pads and into the net.

Leino’s eventual game-winner came with 3:52 left in the opening period as he reached to bat a fluttering puck out of mid-air and into an open net.

Zetterberg scored his first of the game on a highlight-reel play at 4:08 of the middle frame.

With Pavel Datsyuk in the penalty box, Zetterberg blocked a shot in his own end and raced out into the neutral zone where he picked the puck back up. Fighting off a defender, Zetterberg did a spin-o-rama between the faceoff circles and slid the puck around Nabokov.

The superstar Swede added Detroit’s final goal with 2:57 left in the game, stuffing the puck between Nabokov’s pad and the post from behind the net on a Red Wings five-on-three.

Christian Erhoff scored San Jose’s lone goal at 6:25 of the second, beating Conklin with a long shot on a Sharks powerplay.

Hossa left the game during the second period after taking a hit to the head. The Red Wings said he was kept out for precautionary reasons… Datsyuk’s assist on Zetterberg’s second goal was his 500th career point… The Sharks had an apparent goal negated by video review in the second period… Just before Zetterberg’s first goal, the puck bounced off the protective netting in the Detroit zone but no official noticed.

Red Wings – Sharks Pregame Notes

The top two teams in the Western Conference meet tonight as the San Jose Sharks visit the Detroit Red Wings. The race is still close enough that a win is important for both teams.

Chris Chelios and Tomas Kopecky will be the healthy scratches for Detroit tonight as Brad Stuart returns to the Red Wings’ blueline and Kris Draper takes his spot back on the fourth line rotation.

Ty Conklin gets the start in net.

Much has been made of Claude Lemeiux’s return to Joe Louis Arena but I think he’s a washed-up has-been so I won’t give him more words than that.

The Pistons have been shifted to FSN+ so this one is on standard FSN and FSN-HD.

Red Wings Injury Updates

Khan reports that Brad Stuart will return to the Detroit lineup on Wednesday. Stuart hasn’t played in over a month after suffering injuries to his ribs and back while crashing head-first into the boards in Phoenix.

Brett Lebda is also close to returning but will not play against San Jose.

Ty Conklin will get the start in goal for the Red Wings against the Sharks. Chris Osgood will start Friday against the Los Angeles Kings.

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