Red Wings Fall to Sharks in Shootout After Double Shutout

Detroit’s Jimmy Howard and San Jose’s Antti Niemi each earned a shutout on Monday night but the Sharks came away with the win, as Logan Couture scored the only goal of the shootout for a 1-0 win over the Red Wings.

Howard stopped all 27 shots he faced in 65 minutes of play and forced Patrick Marleau to the outside on the first San Jose shootout attempt before Couture scored on the second.

Niemi made 24 saves before Pavel Datsyuk missed and Daniel Alfredsson fired a shot into him. With the chance to seal the victory, Niemi made a spectacular save on Todd Bertuzzi, recovering from an initial fake-out to lift his pad into the air behind him and knock down Bertuzzi’s shot.

For the only goal of the contest, Couture made a quick fake in the slot and cut to his left, snapping a shot past Howard.


The Red Wings were without defensemen Niklas Kronwall (concussion) and Jonathan Ericsson (paternity leave). Xavier Ouellet made his NHL debut to fill the gap… Prior to the game, forward Luke Glendening was sent down to the Grand Rapids Griffins to make room on the roster for Ouellet… Mikael Samuelsson was the only healthy scratch at forward.

Red Wings Fall to Sharks in Shootout

Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal of the shootout for Detroit on Thursday night while Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau each scored to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win over the Red Wings.

Couture and Marleau each beat Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard five-hole in the tiebreaker. Howard narrowly prevented a Joe Pavelski chance that rang off the post from bouncing off his back and in, stopping it on the goal line. San Jose goalie Antti Niemi made toe stops on both Damien Brunner and Gustav Nyquist to give his team a chance to close things out.

The Sharks had opened the game’s scoring just 2:35 in with a shorthanded two-on-one. Pavelski picked off a pass intended for Brunner in the San Jose zone and carried it out alongside Marleau, with only Niklas Kronwall back. Kronwall couldn’t cut off Pavelski’s pass to Marleau for a wrister from the right faceoff circle past Howard.

Justin Abdelkader tied things up at 9:51 of the second period, banging the puck past Niemi from the side of the net off a feed from Johan Franzen.

Detroit took the lead at 2:29 of the third when Zetterberg in the right circle found Jakub Kindl wide open in the slot on the power play. Kindl’s wrister hit the open side of the net to make it 2-1.

Just 1:41 later, Couture tied it back up with a power play goal, gathering up the rebound of a Joe Thornton shot and lifting a backhander over Howard’s outstretched glove.

Howard finished the night with 28 saves on 30 shots while Niemi stopped 27 of 29 chances.

Each team had a power play goal on four tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings are back in action on Friday when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks.


Detroit forward Damien Brunner returned from injury and defenseman Brendan Smith returned to the lineup, taking the places of Jordin Tootoo and Ian White, respectively.

Brunner Lifts Red Wings over Sharks in Shootout

Damien Brunner scored his second shootout goal in as many career tries on Thursday night, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 shootout win over the San Jose Sharks.

Brunner slowly skated in on San Jose netminder Antti Niemi before snapping a shot past him for the only goal of the shootout.

Niemi had previously stopped Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit goalie Jonas Gustavsson, making his first start with the Wings, stopped Michal Handzus, Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe in the skills competition.

After a scoreless first two periods, the Sharks got on the board at 4:49 of the third. Joe Thornton stripped a bouncing puck from Justin Abdelkader just inside the Detroit blue line, then fed Logan Couture for a one-timer from the right faceoff circle off of Gustavsson and in.

The Red Wings responded 1:32 later, when a Niklas Kronwall shot from the blue line deflected off San Jose forward T.J. Galiardi, then Patrick Eaves, then a post before hitting the back of the net to make it 1-1.

Niemi finished the night with 33 saves on 34 shots. Gustavsson earned his first win as a Red Wing with a twenty-five save performance.

Neither team scored a power play goal on the night. Detroit had two tries while San Jose had one.

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


Ian White and Kent Huskins were the healthy scratches for the Red Wings… Valtteri Filppula remained out with an injury.

Red Wings Hold off Sharks for 23rd Consecutive Home Win

The Detroit Red Wings held off a late push by the San Jose Sharks Sunday afternoon, picking up a 3-2 victory for their twenty-third consecutive win at Joe Louis Arena.

The win extends the team’s own NHL record for single-season wins in a row at home and sets a new record for consecutive home wins across multiple seasons, breaking the mark of twenty-two set by the 1929-30 and 1930-31 Boston Bruins.

The Red Wings twice had a two-goal lead cut in half, but the Sharks were never able to pull even, with Darren Helm‘s third-period goal standing up as the game-winner.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring at 6:30 of the first period. Zetterberg circled through the left faceoff circle and backhanded a shot from the high slot that went through defenseman Colin White and past goalie Antti Niemi, who was screened in front by Jiri Hudler.

On Hockey Day in America, two U.S.-born players teamed up to create Detroit’s second goal just 40 seconds past the game’s halfway point. Justin Abdelkader carried the puck from the Detroit end and into the San Jose zone and then fed it off to Drew Miller. Miller sent it back to Abdelkader in front for a chance stopped by Niemi but Miller pounced on the rebound and put it into the back of the net.

Logan Couture would be credited with the power play goal that got San Jose on the board with 5:27 left in the second period. Couture batted a fluttering puck out of mid-air and onto the top of the goal. The puck bounced forward and came back down, deflecting off Abdelkader’s stick and into the net to make it 2-1.

Helm gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead at 7:01 of the third period. Miller stole the puck from Torrey Mitchell and gained the San Jose zone, then fed it off to Helm for a shot from the slot past Niemi for his first goal in sixteen games.

With 4:44 left in regulation, Detroit defender Ian White turned the puck over in his own end and Brent Burns put a shot on goalie Joey MacDonald. MacDonald made the initial save but Patrick Marleau was there to scoop up the rebound and put it into the net.

In a frantic final minute, Detroit couldn’t score into the empty net and the Sharks couldn’t beat MacDonald to tie things up.

MacDonald finished the contest with 31 saves on 33 shots for his sixth consecutive win. Niemi stopped 25 of 28 chances.

Detroit had three power play tries, on which they were held off the board. Couture’s goal came on one of San Jose’s four power play attempts.

Their six-game homestand wrapped up, the Red Wings will next be in action in Chicago on Tuesday.


Mike Commodore was the lone healthy scratch for the Red Wings… MacDonald got the start in place of Jimmy Howard, who was originally expected to return from injury in this game. Howard will get the nod in goal on Tuesday.

Red Wings Fall to Sharks, 4-2, for Third Straight Loss

The Detroit Red Wings lost their third consecutive game Friday night, dropping a 4-2 decision to the San Jose Sharks.

The Sharks scored three times in the second period to rally from down 1-0.

Henrik Zetterberg opened the game’s scoring with 7:40 left in the opening period. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot from the blue line intentionally wide of goalie Antti Niemi, banking the puck off the back boards to Zetterberg low in the right faceoff circle. Zetterberg banged the puck past Niemi for the early lead.

Detroit thought they had a 2-0 lead later in the period when Tomas Holmstrom knocked the puck past Niemi while sprawled out on the ice above the crease but the goal was called back for incidental contact.

Ryane Clowe got the Sharks on the board with a power play goal just 2:10 into the second. Clowe snuck down the left wing untouched as San Jose gained the zone. Marc-Eduard Vlasic worked the puck to Martin Havlat in the slot, who spun it on to the open Clowe for a wrister past Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard.

It was 2-1 San Jose at 7:57 of the second, with Patrick Marleau outracing Ian White to the puck and snapping a shot past Howard.

Holmstrom got a goal that counted with 5:16 remaining in the middle period, deflecting a Pavel Datsyuk power play shot into the net to tie things back up.

With just 1:42 left in the second period, Havlat sprung Joe Thornton for a breakaway, with Thornton beating Howard to make it 3-1.

Thornton added an empty net goal in the game’s final minute to wrap up the scoring.

Howard finished the night with 26 saves on 29 San Jose shots, including a perfect stretch early when the Sharks outshot Detroit 7-1. Niemi made 30 saves on 32 Detroit chances.

Each team scored a power play goal on the night, with Detroit getting four tries with the extra attacker and San Jose having three.

The Red Wings will look to end their skid Saturday night in Minnesota.


Cory Emmerton and Fabian Brunnstrom were the healthy scratches up front for Detroit… Defenseman Mike Commodore was cleared to return from his knee injury but did not play.

History Averted as Sharks Hold Off Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings failed to become the fourth-ever NHL team to rally to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first three games, dropping Game Seven of their Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the San Jose Sharks, 3-2.

The Sharks now advance to face the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals.

San Jose got out to a strong start, scoring twice in the first period to take an early lead.

Devin Setoguchi got the Sharks on the board with a power play goal with 7:40 remaining in the period. Joe Thornton got the puck in the right corner and sent a pass to a wide open Setoguchi jumping in from the left point for a slapper past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard.

With 59 seconds left in the period, Logan Couture capitalized on a rare Henrik Zetterberg turnover at the side of the Detroit net to snap a shot past Howard, making it 2-0 at the end of the first.

The Red Wings woke up in the second period, taking control of the game and getting on the board.

Valtteri Filppula carried the puck down the right wing on a rush with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. Datsyuk went to the net while Filppula sent the puck across to Zetterberg, who cut into the slot and flung a backhander past Antti Niemi to make it 2-1 with 6:50 left in the middle frame.

Patrick Marleau restored San Jose’s two-goal lead in the third period. Dan Boyle worked the puck into the slot for a Setoguchi chance that Howard turned aside but as Setoguchi drove to the net, Marleau knocked in the rebound with 7:47 remaining.

Datsyuk made a game of it once more 1:46 later, skating down the right wing and backhanding a shot into the top corner of the net.

The Red Wings would be unable to tie things up with their season on the line, however, as the Sharks held on for the win.

Detroit did not score on four power play tries. San Jose went one-for-three with the man-advantage.

Howard stopped 27 of the 30 shots he faced in the Wings’ net while Niemi made 38 stops on 40 shots.


Johan Franzen did not play for Detroit. He was replaced in the lineup by Kris DraperTodd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary both left the game early and did not return due to injury.

Postgame Thoughts: Red Wings @ Sharks – Game Seven

Between Game Three and Game Four I said I didn’t think that the Red Wings would be able to come back to win their series with the Sharks. Unfortunately, I was right, but I couldn’t have predicted how close they would end up coming.

The Wings fought for their playoff lives for four games and came up a goal (two goals, technically) short. They won’t win the Stanley Cup this year but doing something that only seven teams had done before them – forcing a Game Seven after dropping the first three games of the series – is something to be proud of.

Detroit did not go quietly tonight, either. Their slow start doomed them – as playing less than sixty minutes has done all season – but they fought right down to the end. Without Johan Franzen and Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary, at that. There are positives to take away from this and they shouldn’t be forgotten.

In the end, though, it was a loss and there are negatives that come with that.

As I’ve already said, losing on Patrick Marleau‘s goal makes it particularly bitter. Not because it’s Marleau but because it was scored with Devin Setoguchi in the crease, in contact with Jimmy Howard. I don’t know if I really think it warranted a goalie interference call but I flash back to a night in Nashville two months ago when Detroit had a goal called back for so much less and it just bothers me.

That said, the play never should have happened. Niklas Kronwall never should have gotten caught out of position. Jiri Hudler should have blocked the pass. Cascading failures that ended a season.

I’ve never been big on post-mortem write-ups but maybe I’ll put something together this year. At the very least, there will be more news and updates about the site coming up through the summer as DetroitHockey.Net’s 15th season continues until our birthday in September.

Red Wings Down 0-3 in Series with Sharks after OT Loss

For the second consecutive postseason, the Detroit Red Wings blew a third-period lead in Game Three of a Western Conference Semifinal matchup with the San Jose Sharks, falling in overtime and dropping to 0-3 in the series.

Last season, Patrick Marleau scored in overtime to give the Sharks a 3-0 series lead. Tonight it was Devon Setoguchi completing the hat trick to give San Jose a 4-3 win.

Joe Thornton gained the Detroit zone down the right wing and stepped around defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, slowing up to drop a pass to the top of the right faceoff circle. Setoguchi got to the puck and flung a shot that deflected off the stick of Henrik Zetterberg and past Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard at 9:21 of the extra frame.

Dan Boyle had tied the game up with 4:08 remaining, pinching in to the slot and taking a blind backhand pass from Kyle Wellwood, snapping the puck past Howard.

Setoguchi had opened the game’s scoring with 7:03 left in the opening period. With San Jose on the power play, Joe Pavelski‘s shot went off the glass and bounced to Thornton. Thornton threw it to the front of the net highm with Setoguchi knocking it down into his skates and then whacking it into the net.

Nicklas Lidstrom tied things up, getting Detroit on the board with a power play goal of their own. With 22 seconds left in the first, the Sharks were scrambling in their own zone. Henrik Zetterberg got the puck in the left faceoff circle and sent a between-the-legs pass to Lidstrom for a one-timer from the slot past the sprawling Antti Niemi.

Patrick Eaves made it 2-1 with 6:01 left in the second period, backhanding a loose puck into the open side of the net after Darren Helm lost it on a wraparound attempt.

Setoguchi’s second tied things back up just 50 seconds later. On another San Jose power play, Setoguchi’s stick broke on a one-timer from the left circle but the off-speed shot slid past Howard, who was moving laterally to cut off the expected hard shot.

Pavel Datsyuk put Detroit back out in front with 1:43 left in the middle period, snapping a shot from the left circle past Niemi.

Each team scored twice on four power play tries on the night.

Howard stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced while Niemi made 38 saves on 41 shots.

Game Four will be Friday night in Detroit.


Kris Draper was inserted into the Detroit lineup, replacing Drew Miller.

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.

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.