Red Wings Blanked by Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings closed out their four-game West Coast road trip Thursday night, dropping a 2-0 decision to the San Jose Sharks.

The Wings had won the first three games of their trip and were looking for their first-ever four-game sweep of a Pacific Time Zone stretch.

In addition to losing the game, forward Johan Franzen went down with a lower body injury and did not return for the third period.

Joe Pavelski opened the scoring for the Sharks with just 1:01 left in the first period. With the puck behind the net, Pavelski made a wraparound attempt but the puck came out and deflected off defenseman Niklas Kronwall before sliding past goalie Jimmy Howard to give San Jose the 1-0 lead.
Brent Burns made it 2-0 just 2:07 into the third period. Detroit defenseman Brian Lashoff turned the puck over to Joe Thornton in the right faceoff circle and Thornton passed it off the skate of Brendan Smith to Burns for a snap past Howard.
Howard finished the night with 22 saves on 24 shots while Antti Niemi stopped all 27 shots the faced in earning the win for the Sharks.

Detroit failed to score on the game’s only power play, ending their streak of games with a power play goal at six.

The Red Wings now return home to host the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.

Pregame: Red Wings @ Sharks – 3/28

The Red Wings wrap up their four-game road trip tonight in San Jose, having won the first three games of the trip.

For Detroit, Jordin Tootoo swaps back into the lineup for Patrick Eaves, who’ll be the healthy scratch up front. Kent Huskins will continue his role as the healthy scratch on defense.

Jimmy Howard gets the start in net, opposite Antti Niemi for the Sharks.

Stupid stat of the day: The Red Wings are 83-127-27 all time in the fourth game of a road trip. They’re 5-7-1 when that game is in San Jose.

Game time is 10:30 PM on FSD.