The Detroit Red Wings dropped to 0-2 in their Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the San Jose Sharks Sunday afternoon after a 2-1 loss in Game Two of the series.
The Red Wings failed to get any sustained pressure until a power play late in the game.
Henrik Zetterberg scored with 6:02 remaining in regulation, beating goaltender Antti Niemi from the slot off a feed from Pavel Datsyuk. The goal got the Red Wings on the board but despite a late push, wouldn’t be enough.
Ian White had opened the game’s scoring just 4:54 into the game, blasting a shot from the high slot past a screened Jimmy Howard for a power play goal.
Niclas Wallin extended the San Jose lead at 1:39 of the third period when his shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went off of Howard’s shoulder and flipped into the net.
The Sharks carried play for most of the game, with Detroit relying on Howard to keep them in it. Howard made 35 saves on 37 shots while Niemi stopped 33 of 34 chances.
Each team scored a power play goal. The Red Wings had six tries with the extra attacker and San Jose had five.
The teams will meet for Game Three in Detroit on Wednesday.
I started to write a long post about the Red Wings only putting in five minutes of effort and how it reminded me of Game Seven of the 2009 Finals and how much that pissed me off. Then I realized that I was probably putting more effort into writing that up than the team actually gave in the game itself. To hell with that.
At the start of Game One and the end of Game Two, this team showed that they can be better than the San Jose Sharks. The problem is that in between those times, they’ve played like they haven’t cared to.
If today’s game were a home game, the Wings would have deserved to get booed off the ice. Their lack of effort should offend fans and they deserve to lose this series if they don’t turn it around.
I firmly believe they can turn it around. This isn’t over by a long shot. They’re just going to have to decide which way they want to play.
It’s not quite a must-win for the Red Wings as they take on the Sharks this afternoon but it’s close. A win here means a split in San Jose and turning this series into five games with Detroit having home ice. A loss means they go home needing to hold serve at Joe Louis Arena.
Mike Babcock says the Wings will need the puck more today. Kinda hard to argue with that.
The Wings got on their heels in Game One after an early lead. They need to stay on top of things today, not just getting an early lead but extending it. Not letting up.
There may be a roster change for Detroit but that’s not confirmed yet. Drew Miller could be swapped for Mike Modano or Kris Draper. Everything else stays the same, including the lines that feature Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk playing together.
Start time is 3:00 on NBC.
The Detroit Red Wings will visit the San Jose Sharks for Game One of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup on Friday, the NHL announced.
With the Tampa Bay Lightning holding off the Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday night in Game Seven of their series, the first round is complete and the league released schedules for second round matchups.
The full schedule for the Detroit – San Jose series is as follows:
April 29 – @ San Jose – 10:00 PM
May 1 – @ San Jose – 3:00 PM
May 4 – @ Detroit – 8:00 PM
May 6 – @ Detroit – 7:00 PM
May 8 – @ San Jose – 8:00 PM
May 10 – @ Detroit – TBD
May 12 – @ San Jose – TBD