Red Wings Drop Game One to Sharks in OT

The Detroit Red Wings took a 1-0 lead into the third period Friday night but it wasn’t enough, as the San Jose Sharks rallied for a 2-1 overtime win.

Benn Ferriero scored 7:03 into the extra period, making the most of his first career playoff game.

The Red Wings failed to clear their own zone after killing a four-minute power play, leading to Ferriero getting the puck along the left wing boards. He threw it on net and it deflected off of Brad Stuart‘s stick, bouncing past Jimmy Howard to give the Sharks the win.

Joe Pavelski had tied the game up with 9:38 left in the third period, batting the rebound of a Joe Thornton shot out of the air and past Howard on a San Jose power play.

Detroit’s lone goal came 9:30 into the first period, when Nicklas Lidstrom snuck into the high slot to take a feed from Pavel Datsyuk and blast a shot past Antti Niemi.

Niemi finished the night with 24 saves on 25 chances while Howard stopped 44 of San Jose’s 46 shots.

Pavelski’s goal was the only power play marker of the night. The Sharks went one-for-six with the extra attacker. The Red Wings had two power play opportunities.

Game Two betwen the teams will be Sunday afternoon.


The Red Wings played with a healthy lineup for the first time all postseason. The scratches were Mike Modano, Kris Draper, and Jakub Kindl.

Power Play Goals Not Enough For Wings in Loss to Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings scored two first-period power play goals Monday night but could manage nothing else against the San Jose Sharks as they dropped a 5-2 decision at Joe Louis Arena.

It was just the team’s second home regulation loss of the season.

Tomas Holmstrom redirected a Nicklas Lidstrom slap shot past San Jose goalie Antti Niemi at 7:48 of the first to open the game’s scoring.

An apparent goal by Valtteri Filppula was waived off minutes later but officials blew the play dead as the puck slipped under Niemi, before it rolled out from under him and into the net.

With Detroit’s momentum halted Joe Thornton got the Sharks on the board while shorthanded.

Playing the point on the power play, Jiri Hudler pinched in to swat at a loose puck but Dany Heatley got it past him. Heatley and Thornton went in on a two-on-one, with Heatley passing across for an easy goal by Thornton with 4:01 remaining in the period.

Johan Franzen put the Red Wings back in front 2:36 later, scoring from an acute angle on a nice passing play from Brian Rafalski and Holmstrom.

Niclas Wallin’s shot from the point at 4:53 of the second was deflected past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard to tie the game back up and Logan Couture put the Sharks out front eight seconds later, snapping a shot from the left circle past Howard.

Heatley scored on another two-on-one with 1:03 left in the period, this time keeping the puck and snapping it past Howard from the right faceoff circle.

Couture’s second of the night wrapped up the game’s scoring as he tipped a Ryane Clowe pass in behind Howard with 8:43 to play.

Niemi stopped 25 of the 27 shots he faced, with only 11 of those saves needing to come in the second and third periods. Howard made 30 saves on 35 shots.

Detroit scored on two of their six power plays and allowed one shorthanded goal. The Sharks were scoreless on four tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings are back in action on Wednesday when they host the Nashville Predators.

Zetterberg’s Four Points Lead Red Wings over Sharks

Henrik Zetterberg factored in all but one of Detroit’s goals Tuesday night, notching four points as the Red Wings picked up a 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks to open a three-game West Coast road trip.

Zetterberg helped the Red Wings open the scoring at 4:50 of the first period, working the puck to Danny Cleary at the top of the crease for a tap-in on a Detroit power play.

Pavel Datsyuk made it 2-0 8:01 into the game, splitting a pair of defenders just inside the blue line and skating around San Jose goalie Antero Niittymaki. Zetterberg picked up the second assist on the goal.

The Sharks pulled to within a goal just 1:34 later when a Joe Thornton chance from the bottom of the right faceoff circle deflected off of Dany Heatley and past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard for a power play goal.

Zetterberg made it 3-1 2:58 into the second, swatting the puck out of mid-air in the slot and past Niittymaki. The goal came just seconds after the expiration of a Detroit power play.

San Jose once again replied quickly, with Benn Ferriero driving to the net and knocking the puck past Howard 1:54 later.

Patrick Eaves restored Detroit’s two-goal lead with 11 seconds left in the period, deflecting a shot from Cleary past Niittymaki.

Zetterberg finished off Detroit’s scoring at 7:55 of the third, roofing a shot into an open net off a fantastic pass from Datsyuk.

Ryane Clowe scored once more for San Jose after the Sharks killed a four-minute Detroit power play but the Red Wings would hold on to win.

Detroit finished the night one-for-four on the power play. The Sharks scored once on two chances with the extra attacker.

Howard made 25 saves on 28 shots to earn the win. Niittymaki stopped 24 of 29 shots.

The Red Wings will continue their road trip on Friday as they visit the Anaheim Ducks.

Red Wings Eliminated in 2-1 Loss to Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday night, dropping a 2-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks.

The win gave the Sharks a 4-1 series victory, advancing them to the Western Conference Finals to face either the Chicago Blackhawks or the Vancouver Canucks.

For the third time in the series, the Red Wings scored first.

Brian Rafalski blasted a shot from the blue line past San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov through a screen from Todd Bertuzzi at 2:40 of the second period, putting Detroit on the board.

The Sharks responded quickly, with Joe Thornton getting his stick on the rebound of a Jason Demers shot and putting it past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard on a power play just 2:14 later.

Thornton helped put the Sharks into the lead at 6:59 of the third, stealing the puck from Brian Rafalski behind the Red Wings’ net and sending a pass out to Patrick Marleau for a one-timer past Howard.

That would be enough for San Jose, with the Red Wings unable to tie the game while skating six-on-four in the game’s final minute.

Thornton’s power play goal was the lone tally with the extra attacker. Each team had four tries.

Howard stopped 30 of 32 shots on the night. Nabokov made 33 saves on 34 shots.


The Red Wings were without forward Patrick Eaves for the fourth consecutive game… Detroit dressed seven defenseman as the status of Brad Stuart was unknown until the pregame skate.

Red Wings Fall to Sharks in Penalty-Filled Affair

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 4-3 decision to the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night, falling down two games to none in their playoff series in a game that was marred by 14 penalty calls.

The Sharks trailed 3-2 heading into the third period and the Red Wings seemed to have momentum. Then Todd Bertuzzi and Niklas Kronwall were sent to the box. On the ensuing five-on-three, Joe Pavelski scored his second of the night to tie the game 4:40 into the period.

Joe Thornton would score the game-winner with 7:23 left in regulation, putting home the rebound of a Dany Heatley shot on a three-on-one after Nicklas Lidstrom‘s stick shattered at the San Jose blue line.

Pavel Datsyuk had opened the scoring at 6:51 of the first period, flinging a wrister off the post and in behind goalie Evgeni Nabokov while covered by two Sharks.

Pavelski tied things up on a power play blast from just inside the blue line 2:10 later.

Ryane Clowe put the Sharks ahead with a backhander from in close with 9:28 left in the first but Tomas Holmstrom tipped a Brian Rafalski power play shot past Nabokov 2:45 later to tie things back up.

Nicklas Lidstrom blasted a shot past Nabokov to put Detroit in front just as a power play expired, two minutes into the second period.

The Red Wings finished the night one-for-four on the power play with 4:38 of time with the extra attacker. The Sharks went two for ten in 12:54 of time, including 1:06 of five-on-three.

Jimmy Howard made 41 saves on 45 San Jose shots. Nabokov stopped 28 of Detroit’s 31 chances.

The series will shift to Detroit for Game Three on Tuesday.


The Red Wings were without forward Patrick Eaves, out with an elbow injury. He was replaced in the lineup by Jason Williams.

Quick Goals Doom Red Wings in Game One Loss

The San Jose Sharks scored three goals in a 1:19 span in the first period Thursday night, putting the Detroit Red Wings in a hole that they couldn’t dig out of.

Joe Pavelski opened the game’s scoring with a power play goal at 9:05 of the first. Pavelski was left alone in the slot to take a pass from Dan Boyle and whip a shot past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

Dany Heatley scored his first of the playoffs 56 seconds later. After the Sharks controlled a faceoff in the Detroit end, Joe Thornton took the puck behind the net and sent a pass out to Heatley at the top of the crease. Heatley banged it past Howard to give San Jose a 2-0 lead.

Just 23 seconds later, Devin Setoguchi made it 3-0 on another goal from the slot, snapping a shot into the net with Howard caught slow coming across.

The Red Wings got on the board 1:16 later, when Danny Cleary scored his first goal of the postseason. Cleary was all alone in front of San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov and redirected a Jonathan Ericsson pass into the net.

Johan Franzen pulled Detroit to within a goal at 4:45 of the second period, snapping a shot from the slot into the top of the net.

Pavelski restored San Jose’s two goal lead 50 seconds into the third, swinging a shot from the inside edge of the left faceoff circle between Howard’s pads while the Sharks skated on a five-on-three.

Brian Rafalski responded 2:07 later, pinching in to snap a shot from the right faceoff circle past Nabokov.

The Red Wings failed to even the game up despite pulling Howard for the extra attacker in the game’s final minutes, with the Sharks holding on for the 4-3 win.

San Jose scored on two of their six power play chances, including 57 seconds of five-on-three time. The Red Wings were scoreless on five power play tries.

Howard finished the night with 23 saves on 27 shots. Nabokov stopped 20 of 23 Detroit chances.

The two teams will meet in Game Two on Sunday night.


The Sharks were without forward Patrick Marleau, who missed the game with flu-like symptoms.

Red Wings Drop Fourth Straight with Shootout Loss to Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings returned home from their five-game road trip Thursday night but the while the venue changed the results stayed the same as they dropped their fourth decision in a row, this one a shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Patrick Marleau scored the only goal of the tiebreaker, faking out Jimmy Howard to win the game for San Jose.

The Red Wings had opened the game’s scoring with 7:47 left in the first period when Johan Franzen snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle over the shoulder of Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov while on a power play.

Just 35 seconds later Joe Thornton tied the game, crashing the net and banging the puck in from the side of the crease after it bounced off the back boards on a shot by Niclas Wallin.

Dwight Helminen put the Sharks in front with 10 seconds left in the period, taking a centering pass after being left uncovered in the slot and snapping a shot into the open side of the net.

Jason Williams, the subject of many trade rumors with scouts from ten teams in the stands, tied the game with 7:05 left in regulation, skating around one San Jose defender before lifting a shot over Nabokov’s shoulder.

Nabokov stopped a career-high 50 shots on Detroit’s 52 chances in earning the win. Howard made 24 saves on 26 San Jose shots.

The Red Wings went 1-for-5 on the power play while the Sharks were scoreless in two tries with the extra skater.

Detroit plays their last game before the Olympic break on Saturday as they host the Ottawa Senators.

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 End West Coast Swing with Win over Sharks

The Detroit Red Wings finished off a four-game West Coast road trip with 4-1 win over the San Jose Sharks Saturday night.

With the win, the Red Wings earned six of a possible eight points on the trip, all against teams ahead of them in the standings. The lone loss came to the Anaheim Ducks.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard allowed a single goal for the second consecutive game, stopping 26 of 27 San Jose shots.

The Sharks scored their lone goal with 8:58 left in the first period. Joe Thornton won a draw in the right faceoff circle back to Dan Boyle, who threw it at Howard. Howard stopped the initial shot and made a diving save on the first rebound but Patrick Marleau was there to flip the third chance past him.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game 6:37 into the second period, stealing the puck from Ryane Clowe and snapping a wrister over the shoulder of San Jose netminder Evgeni Nabokov.

Patrick Eaves put Detroit in front with 5:07 left in the second, deflecting a Doug Janik shot from the blue line past Nabokov. The Sharks complained that the puck was hit with a high stick but the goal stood after video review.

Dan Cleary put the Red Wings up by a pair just 69 seconds later, beating Nabokov with a wrister from the left faceoff circle on a rush with Valtteri Filppula.

Darren Helm wrapped up the game’s scoring at 4:34 of the third period, driving to the net to slide the puck around a sprawling Nabokov.

Nabokov finished the night with 17 saves on 21 Detroit chances.

Neither team scored on the power play. Detroit had one chance with the extra attacker while San Jose had two.

With the West Coast portion of their five-game road trip wrapped up, the Red Wings head to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders on Tuesday night.

Red Wings Acquire Defenseman Stuart from Kings

The Detroit Red Wings moved to strengthen their blue line at the NHL trade deadline on Tuesday, picking up defenseman Brad Stuart from the Los Angeles Kings for second-round and fourth-round draft picks.

The 28-year-old defenseman had played in 63 games this season for the Kings, scoring five goals and adding 16 assists in his first campaign with Los Angeles.

A first-round selection of the San Jose Sharks in 1998, Stuart has played 570 career games over eight seasons with San Jose, Boston, Calgary and Los Angeles.

He was dealt to the Bruins in the deal that sent Joe Thornton, then traded to Calgary the following season before signing as a free agent with the Kings the in the summer of 2007.

He joins a Detroit defense currently depleted by injuries to Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Niklas Kronwall and Chris Chelios.