The Detroit Red Wings attempted to snap a 2-game losing streak against a similarly-struggling San Jose Sharks team on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.
The San Jose Sharks were the ones who made dramatic changes, scratching Marc-Edouard Vlasic on defense, but that did not work for them; Detroit won 6-2 minus the scratched Filip Zadina. Givani Smith, his replacement, got into a fight the sparked the Wings, and then he got kicked out of the game for a 5-minute major on his fight partner, Jacob Middleton, who left the game, but that shorthanded period of time spurned the Wings to score a pair of shorthanded goals, leading Detroit to a wild and woolly 6-2 victory.
That broke the Wings’ 2-game post-holiday break losing streak, and afforded the Wings some momentum as they go out West to play the Ducks (Thursday), Kings (Saturday) and these same Sharks next Tuesday.
The teams dressed the following lineups…
Lines and defense pairings for the Sharks tonight in Detroit …
– Jaycob Menga with Brent Burns
– No Marc-Edouard Vlasic
– Third career NHL game for 2/3 of the fourth line pic.twitter.com/y9IFlSldIQ— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) January 5, 2022
The starters and scratches were as follows:
In the 1st period…
The 1st period began with Michael Rasmussen on Pius Suter’s wing for a change, starting opposite the Sharks’ top line (minus Logan Couture, who’s out on COVID protocols).
Suter drew in for the opening faceoff opposite Hertl, who won the draw to Burns, the puck was chipped to the Wings’ line, and Suter fed Seider, who spun away from trouble and sent the puck to the offensive blueline, where Seider was picked off with a hard hit from Timo Meier.
Seider didn’t back down, tipping a puck deep before the Wings went offside.
On the next shift, the Wings drew in at the offensive zone blueline, lost the draw, but regrouped and pushed the puck into San Jose’s zone once, twice, and then the Larkin line had to chase down a Sharks chip-out. Leddy and Hronek dumped, Veleno chased, but San Jose broke out, and Staal and Lindstrom battled as the Sharks got a point shot just tipped wide of Nedeljkovic.
The Sharks re-set, cycled deep, and Namestnikov, Erne and Veleno worked together to separate Shark from puck.
A bad turnover resulted in a beautiful chance for Cogliano who broke in alone on Nedeljkovic, but Ned made the stop as Cogliano swiped the puck from Namestnikov and walked around Lindstrom.
On the next shift, Givani Smith chose to fight Jacob Middleton, and the pair had an even fight, and sat at 2:30 of the 1st period.
Detroit’s Rowney line took to the ice next, pushed the puck into the Sharks’ zone, but San Jose came back into Detroit’s zone, Nedeljkovic played the puck to the Wings’ defense, and Detroit turned over the puck and Ned had to make yet another stop.
The Sharks won the next draw and Nedeljkovic had to stop Hertl as he spun off a check and slithered toward the net, where Seider was tied up by Timo Meier, who had clearly been tasked with doing just that–taking Seider out–in more ways than one.
With 3:20 gone, DeKeyser helped the Wings clear the next deep defensive zone draw, and Rasmussen, Suter and Fabbri worked with DeKeyser and Seider to skate the puck through center, where Rasmussen was bumped along the right wing half wall in San Jose’s zone.
Fabbri tried to break in 1 on 4, but could not;
Bertuzzi came out and tried to break through a similar odd-man disadvantage, and he at least forced the Sharks to dump the puck down ice with 4:08 gone.
As play continued, the teams settled in after rotating their 4 lines, and the Raymond-Larkin-Bertuzzi line was unable to generate any offensive zone chances, with the Wings looking to be skating “on their back foot” against the pesky Sharks, who took a 4-0 shot lead before the 5-minute mark.
The Sharks looked peppy after their 8-5 loss to Pittsburgh, while Detroit still looked slow-footed and slow-witted.
Joe Veleno ultimately got the Wings’ first shot on Reimer at 5:50 of the 1st period, but it was not much of a chance.
Larkin’s line took the next shift and drew in for an offensive zone draw, and they lost it;
Raymond and Bertuzzi both tried to “poke and hope” some shots through Sharks players, and Detroit did generate a penalty against the Sharks, going 6 on 5 with Fabbri working with the Larkin line and DeKeyser and Seider…
So the Sharks headed to the box at 6:43 of the 1st period, with Brent Burns taking a hooking call.
On the power play, Larkin, Bertuzzi, Raymond and Seider worked with Fabbri, won the offensive zone draw and Seider got a shot off, but the Sharks stopped it and cleared it;
Detroit re-set in their zone, skated into SJ’s zone, and Seider held the line as Raymond fumbled, Seider worked with Larkin on the perimeter, Seider keyed the top of the blueline and fired a shot off Bertuzzi which the Sharks cleared the rebound of;
Bertuzzi, Larkin and Raymond went off 50 seconds into the PP and Suter dropped for Veleno, he worked with Erne on the side boards, and Hronek set up Leddy, Veleno worked with Namestnikov and Erne, and the Sharks skated the puck out and Hertl stopped at the Wings’ line, re-set, and Leddy charged away.
Leddy chipped for Veleno, but he was blocked off, and Hronek cycled around his net, fed Erne on the right wing, he skated in deep, cycled to Namestnikov and back and forth it went, Namestnikov was tripped, he fed Leddy, and Veleno fired a shot in that Hronek could not send the rebound thereof home as the Wings’ power play expired.
With 11 minutes left in the 1st period, Detroit brought out Suter, Rasmussen and Fabbri, and Rasmussen made a good intercepted pass to Lindstrom, he reversed to Rasmussen…
And the Sharks took the puck, skated up ice 3 on 3, and Rowney had to bail the Wings out defensively.
Ultimately, the Wings were called for icing because Suter did not win the one-on-one race with the Sharks’ defender, and with 10:17 left in the 1st, Givani Smith got a standing ovation as he came out from the penalty box.
Detroit won the defensive zone draw, but turned the puck over to Meier and Hertl, they cycled, Rasmussen chipped, and Detroit changed;
Nedeljkovic played the Sharks’ dump-in out to Bertuzzi and Raymond fed Larkin, but he was cut off, forcing Seider to reverse to Larkin, Raymond got a shot off, and Reimer made a good stop;
With 10:40 gone in the 1st, Larkin, Bertuzzi and Raymond cycled, DeKeyser pinched, Larkin banked the puck off Reimer, from below the goal line, but he could not beat the Sharks’ goalie;
On the next shift, Hronek got smeared, but cleared the puck down ice;
Smith and Rowney played the puck to each other and Givani nearly scored off a fine chance with Gagner in front, and Hronek jabbed the puck toward Reimer from the point, ushering in another TV timeout.
With 8:23 remaining in the 1st period, Detroit led in shots 7-5 over San Jose, but the attempts were 8-7 SJ; hits 7-3 SJ; giveaways 4-1 SJ; takeaways 1-1; blocked shots 2-0 Detroit; faceoffs 6-5 Detroit (55%)
When play resumed, Hronek hit Suter with a shot attempt, worked the puck toward the middle of the ice, and when the puck went off Rasmussen, the Sharks and Wings got into a shoving match, with Pius Suter getting the worst of it, having his helmet pulled sideways.
Seider was really being double-checked by Meier and Hertl, who were working with Jonathan Dahlen, and it was a little painful to watch Seider get checked so heavily…
BUT IT WAS NOT PAINFUL TO WATCH TYLER BERTUZZI SPIN A LOOSE PUCK FROM BEHIND THE GOAL LINE IN FRONT OF THE NET, CHIPPING THE PUCK OFF JAMES REIMER’s STICK AND INTO THE BACK OF THE NET BETWIXT THE LEGS.
Tyler Bertuzzi made it 1-0, from Lindstrom and Larkin, at 13:02. The assists were a little generous given that Lindstrom’s keep-in and Larkin’s sweep pass to Bertuzzi from the side of the Sharks’ net were tipped toward Bertuzzi’s stick by a Sharks defender.
As play continued, the Red Wings were starting to match the Sharks’ particularly physical, aggressive play, but Dahlen, Hertl and Meier were particularly nasty as well as particularly effective, and Hertl got away with smearing Givani Smith’s helmet off at the Red Wings’ bench.
When play resumed after the TV timeout at 14:58, Suter, Rasmussen and Fabbri iced the puck opposite 5’8″ Jayden Halbgewachs and the Sharks’ fourth line, and the Sharks won the draw, but Detroit got away with a trip, Seider and DeKeyser battled the puck loose in the corner, and Suter skated up, spun at the blueline, and Fabbri fed Seider for a big boomer that Reimer stopped;
Nedejkovic had to get bailed out by Seider as Halbgewachs (half-grown in German) got awway from him;
Lindstrom was beaten again, this time by Noah Gregor, but Nedeljkovic made a good stop with 3:45 remaining;
At 16:15, Detroit was leading in shots 10-5;
The Wings changed lines, and Erne, Namestnikov and Larkin worked together for an odd little shift that put a shot on Reimer;
The Raymond-Larkin-Bertuzzi line then got caught with an unintentional offside play forced by Raymond, who was, again, being “double covered” by the Sharks’ defense;
It was very evident that the Sharks wanted to bring out Hertl, Meier and
And Givani Smith got caught hitting Middleton shoulder-to-chin, and the referees chose to assess Smith a 5-minute major upon review with 1:44 remaining/18:16 gone in the 1st period.
Smith is assesed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct for this hit on Middleton. Play under review. #SJSharks #LGRW pic.twitter.com/boU3Gid08x— TEAL TOWN USA – A San Jose Sharks Podcast (@TEALTOWNUSA) January 5, 2022
Givani Smith gets 5 minutes and a game for this hit, which is hilarious considering that at least 5 Red Wings opponents this year have done this same exact thing in the same exact spot without a penalty being called at all pic.twitter.com/MRhtmHkKoM— Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) January 5, 2022
San Jose went to a 5-minute power play.
On the penalty-kill, Detroit lost the initial zone faceoff and San Jose cycled, but Suter battled, Karlsson walked the line, missed wide, and Detroit cleared the zone;
Burns chugged up the ice and reversed for Hertl, to Dahlen, deep it went, the Sharks brought out Bonino, and cycled back to the point, but fumbled the exchange, and Reimer had to set up Burns.
San Jose chipped and chased, Gagner and Suter struggled, and Nedeljkovic made a beautiful glove save with 9.7 remaining in the 1st period.
Suter won the next draw, the Wings cleared the puck, and Detroit had 3:16 of PK time to go.
First period statistics. Detroit leads San Jose 1-0 but is on the PK for 3:14 to start the 2nd due to Givani Smith’s major penalty. pic.twitter.com/dMCKsBorbD— George Malik (@georgemalik) January 5, 2022
Shots 10-6 Detroit in the 1st, but the attempts were 14-13 San Jose; hits 11-5 San Jose; giveaways 6-1 San Jose; takeaways 1-1; blocked shots 6-3 Detroit; faceoffs 13-11 San Jose (46%).
In the 2nd period…
Detroit began the 2nd period with 3:16 of PK time, and the Wings won the initial faceoff, but San Jose’s PP set up, skated deep, and cycled to the blueline, and Seider and DeKeyser ripped the puck to said offensive blueline but not out.
Pius Suter dove to poke the puck away from the Sharks’ defense, however, and he cleared the zone.
50 seconds in, the Sharks chipped and chased, Meier chipped around, and Staal ripped the puck down ice;
Rasmussen and Namestnikov made a dangerous play to take the puck away from the Sharks defense turn over the puck, and it worked!
Gagner then stole the puck coming off the bench, and he put the puck off Reimer’s head;
Suter and Gagner continued to work together with 1:30 left in the PK, and Bonino to Burns it went, the shot was stopped, and Suter skated away from Burns and PIUS SUTER SCORED A SHORTHANDED GOAL BREAKING IN ON REIMER AND RIPPING THE PUCK OVER HIS BLOCKER SIDE HAND!
#LGRW had a shorthanded goalless streak of a 100 games. Longest since 1948… Not anymore. Pius Suter makes it 2-0 over #SJSharks pic.twitter.com/Kq7PoO9RID— TEAL TOWN USA – A San Jose Sharks Podcast (@TEALTOWNUSA) January 5, 2022
Pius Suter made it 2-0 unassisted, shorthanded, at 2:04 of the 2nd period.
The Sharks won the next faceoff, cycled deep into the Wings’ zone, and Bertuzzi, Rowney, Seider and Staal worked together, Rowney chugged away, fed Bertuzzi, and BERTUZZI SCORED THE 3-0 GOAL SHORTHANDED.
Detroit scored 2 goals, shorthanded, in 37 seconds, with Tyler Bertuzzi scoring from Rowney and Seider, at 2:41.
The Red Wings ultimately killed the penalty.
Veleno, Rasmussen, Leddy, Hronek and Namestnikov then worked together opposite Meier, Dahlen and Hertl, and they worked the puck out of trouble…
But Brent Burns held the puck in vs. the Larkin line and Veleno, and Weattherby tipped the puck in between Hronek and Leddy’s coverage and over Alex Nedeljkovic to make it 3-1.
Weatherby gets a stick on a Burns shot and deflects it in. #SJSharks on the board, but trail #LGRW 3-1 pic.twitter.com/z4rVmsUUre— TEAL TOWN USA – A San Jose Sharks Podcast (@TEALTOWNUSA) January 5, 2022
Weatherby scored from Burns and Viel at 4:03 to make it 3-1.
Two minutes later, Michael Rasmussen had a fine shift, cycling deep and working a wraparound chance in on Reimer after he generated a rush chance on Reimer, and cycling with Pius Suter and Robby Fabbbri. He didn’t score, but Rasmussen looked great on the wing.
We also received this news, at the first TV timeout of the period:
When play resumed, Detroit had a 6-3 shot lead in the 2nd and a 16-9 shot lead overall.
6:02 into the 2nd period.
As play resumed, Veleno, Namestnikov and Erne worked together, Enre cycled in deep, cycled back to the slot, and surrendered possession but regained the puck at center, Veleno charged deep, was bumped, Veleno sent the puck to Lindstrom, Rowney held it in off the line change, and Detroit continued to cycle, until San Jose chipped the puck out to center;
Nedeljkovic took a tipper and sent it to his defense, and Detroit skated up and out, with Rowney, Gagner and Fabbri working on a makeshift fourth line.
Rowney got a good shot off on Reimer, who stopped it with his blocker;
Detroit was dominating possession and control at 8:15 of the 2nd, and Seider did get walked around, but Nedeljkovic made a good stop, the Wings went the other way, Hronek and Seider worked together, with Raymond, Larkin and Bertuzzi, and Detroit got some good zone time as the 9-minute mark passed.
Thankfully, Rasmussen fired a puck off Reimer, cycled with Fabbri, who could not put the puck in, Rasmussen fired another puck off Reimer, and Suter jabbed the rebound past Reimer to make it 4-1 at 9:32 of the 2nd period.
Suter scored his 2nd goal of the night at 9:32 from Rasmussen and Leddy.
The ice was worked on at 9:58 due to a gouge therein, and the Wings went to a TV timeout as such.
As the 10-minute mark passed, Raymond, Larkin and Bertuzzi worked with Lindstrom and Staal, and Lindstrom fed Bertuzzi at center, he tried to feed Larkin, Staal dumped, Reimer watched the bouncer go wide, Megna turned it over to Rowney, Gagner lost control, and Nieto skated into the Wings’ zone…
And SAM GAGNER OF ALL PEOPLE FOUGHT NICHOLAS MELOCHE at the 11-minute mark.
Both gentlemen were given 2-minute penalties, for charging (Meloche) and slashing (Gagner).
So the teams played 4 on 4.
The Wings won the defensive zone draw, and Seider worked with DeKeyser, they cycled to Raymond who skated into San Jose’s zone and lost the puck, San Jose regained control and Burns skated in and was stopped by Nedeljkovic;
Raymond was run by a Sharks player, but the Wings regained control of the puck and Seider afforded Detroit a good line change before going off;
Bertuzzi, skated up ice, was bumped off the puck, got it back, Hronek cycled for Bertuzzi in the offensive zone, Leddy worked it to Hronek, for Bertuzzi, for Suter, for Bertuzzi it went, up to Hronek and into the slot, wide of Bertuzzi.
Detroit continued to control the puck with 1:30 gone in the 4 on 4, and Bonino stole it, skated in, and Nedeljkovic made a stop and held on.
Suter and Rasmussen lost the draw in the defensive zone, but Burns’ shot wide yielded Rasmussen, Fabbri and Gagner who came out of the box, back to 5-on-5, working together in the offensive zone;
With 6:21 remaining in the 2nd period, Detroit iced the puck.
Detroit lost the defensive zone draw but ultimately won the war for the puck, pushed the puck up ice, and Veleno set up DeKeyser for a pinch play which he fired wide of Reimer;
Hertl got a shot off on Nedeljkovic behind Seider, and Seider and Nedeljkovic worked with each other when Burns got the next Sharks shot off;
With 15 minutes or so having expired in the 2nd period, Detroit led in shots 21-13, but the Wings iced the puck at 14:54.
Bonino won the draw, skated through the Wings’ defense, and sent a shot wide of Nedeljkovic;
San Jose cycled, vs. Leddy and Hronek, and Larkin stole the puck behind his own goal, set up Raymond and Bertuzzi for a 2 on 1, and Raymond could not find Bertuzzi, who was checked away from play. There was no call on the play, and we headed to a TV timeout at 15:30.
When play resumed, there were more ice problems, this time in Reimer’s crease.
Rowney set up a fine point shot by Leddy, but the Red Wings headed to the penalty box as Nick Bonino got high-sticked by Adam Erne, who headed to the penalty box at 15:52.
On the penalty kill, San Jose won the offensive zone draw and set up, with Karlsson working the puck down low, and Detroit was able to clear as Sam Gagner saw the defensemen pinching;
San Jose cycled up ice with Karlsson leading the rush, but he was bumped by Seider, Karlsson regained the puck for his point partner, Meier, and San Jose set up.
Karlsson played the puck to Meier, back and forth it went, and Nedeljkovic made an easy stop on Meier with 1:03 gone in the penalty.
Suter, Gagner, Lindstrom and Staal then surrendered a shot attempt as the Sharks won the faceoff, Bonino worked the puck around the boards to Gregor, down low it went to Weatherby, to Burns, to the point to Burns, to Gregor, spinning across to Barabanov, and Burns missed the keep-in, affording Detroit a change;
Ultimately, San Jose did skate in deep and Nedeljkovic had to make a BIG STOP on Gregor, but he made it with aplomb as the penalty expired and 2:07 remained in the 2nd period.
As play continued after the Nedeljkovic stop and ensuing faceoff, San Jose got some momentum going, and Simek, Viel and Suter cycled, but Raymond chipped the puck too far for Larkin on a breakaway attempt…
So Reimer played the puck up ice, San Jose went in 3 on 2, and Raymond retrieved the puck and cleared the zone but was hooked…
And the Sharks took a penalty as a result. Viel sat with 1:13 remaining in the 2nd period for an obvious hook.
Detroit worked the puck up ice with 1 minute remaining in the 2nd, having lost the initial deep zone draw, and Namestnikov, Erne and Veleno worked with Leddy and Hronek, cycling to the line, to Veleno right wing half boards, to Hronek, to Leddy, across to Veleno, to Hronek, Leddy shot and Reimer made a good glove stop.
With 23.9 left in the 2nd and 1:11 of PP time remaining, the Wings won the offensive zone draw and Bertuzzi saw a puck roll wide of his stick;
Seider, Raymond, Fabbri, Larkin, GOALPOST/CROSSBR, and Seider could not keep the puck in, so time expired.
Detroit would have 47 seconds of PP time to start the 2nd period.
Stats after 2: Shots 24-18 Detroit; Attempts 29-29; Hits 18-10 San Jose; Giveaways 8-5 San Jose; Takeaways 6-3 San Jose; Blocked shots 7-4 Detroit; Faceoffs 25-20 San Jose (44% by Detroit).
Oh, this, too:
Before tonight, the last time #RedWings scored two shorthanded goals during the same penalty was on Dec. 17, 1999 vs. Colorado (Brendan Shanahan, Doug Brown), per team statistician Greg Innis.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 5, 2022
Pius Suter and Tyler Bertuzzi scored shorthanded goals 37 seconds apart to put the @DetroitRedWings up 3-1 early in the second period.#NHLStats: https://t.co/G1BoifxbqI pic.twitter.com/1VO5nYT44d— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 5, 2022
In the 3rd period…
Detroit began the 3rd period on the PP for 1:47, facing Aidan Hill in goal.
The Wings lost the initial faceoff, at center ice, but Seider skated to center, dropped to Raymond, he fed Larkin, to Bertuzzi and then Seider it went, the puck was chipped deep, and Cogliano and Bonino cleared the zone with 11 left in the PP.
Detroit skated up ice, Seider fed Raymond, Bertuzzi sent it to Raymond, was blocked, Fabbri and Seider worked together and Seider walked the line, Larkin fed Bertuzzi deep, he backhanded it off Hill, Raymond could not stop Nieto, he blazed in but Seider stopped him, San Jose kept possession as the PK expired…
San Jose wrapped to Meier, out to center it went, it was chipped in by Meloche, Nedeljkovic surrendered the puck to Rowney, who gave it up to Hertl, and Hertl’s shot was tipped by Barabanov skate to net.
Barabanaov scored from Hertl at 1:40.
The Sharks continued to battle heavily against Rowney, Suter and Rasmussen, skating together due to Fabbri’s PP work, and Rowney did a good job of battling Viel along the half boards in Detroit’s zone, the Wings chugged up the gut and chipped deep and changed with 17:20 remaining.
Thankfully, Lucas Raymond played the puck backhanded at the Red Wings’ line, Dylan Larkin RACED UP THE RIGHT WING and fired a top shelf shot over Aidan Hill to make it 5-2 quite quickly, affording Detroit another 3-goal lead and Raymond a rare point.
Larkin scored from Raymond and Lindstrom at 3:51 to make it 5-2.
On the next shift…
Carter Rowney forced Brent Burns, who fed it out to the slot and Robby Fabbri RIPPED the puck over Hill to make it 5-2.
Fabbri scored at 5:02, unassisted.
Gustav Lindstrom then made a smart, headsy play at center ice to chip the puck down ice without icing it;
With 13 minutes remaining, Lucas Raymond blasted a heavy snapper wide off the cross-ice pass;
And the TV timeout hit with 12:45 remaining in the game.
At the TV timeout, Detroit led in shots 4-3, and they gave Raymond, Larkin and Bertuzzi another shift.
Seider worked with DeKeyser, and the Wings had some offensive zone time, with Raymond cross-checked away from play by Megna sans call…
At the other end, Bonino fed Cogliano, who got a far too good a chance on Alex Nedeljkovic, who made a good glove save with 11:58 left in the 3rd.
The Sharks continued to press the Wings as the 9-minute mark neared, but Detroit dominated possession and control, so Namestnikov, Erne and Veleno cycled to the point, Lindstrom fed Veleno, into the slot it went, and Namestnikov was unable to corral the pass;
Veleno then fed Namestnikov, Hertl took the puck away, worked with Barabanov for Meier, San Jose cycled, Erne and Veleno chipped and the Wings changed with 10:09 remaining in the game.
Suter skated up with Fabbri and Rasmussen, and Fabbri put the puck off Aidan Hill’s leg;
San Jose’s Nieto and Bonino were quite the pair, and they challenged Seider and DeKeyser, but the Wings’ defensive duo made good passes, and Rasmussen worked the puck deep before chipping it back to the next defensive pair, Leddy and Hronek, with 9:15 remaining.
Rasmussen, Fabbri and Hronek and Leddy cycled, Leddy fanned, Rasmussen worked it around to Hronek, Fabbri fired long, and Larkin was stopped by Hill.
Halbgewachs cycled into the Wings’ zone, Nedeljkovic made a stop, and the Sharks held the puck in, forcing Nedeljkovic to “snow angel,” and there was some hugging as Viel and Megna and Meloche and company all tried to get the Red Wings to fight.
Bertuzzi almost bit, but the referees separated him from the Sharks’ scrummers, including one who was trying to pull Larkin out of the pile, with 8:25 remaining.
Detroit went to the power play at 11:35 as Viel was given 2 +2 + 10 for roughing and Bertuzzi was given 2 and 10.
Hertl and Bonino did an amazing job of generating a scoring chance, however, and with 48 seconds remaining in the power play, Raymond was called for tripping Hertl in the hands. Leddy really tripped him.
On the 4 on 4, Namestnikov, Rasmussen, eddy and Hronek cycled into the offensive zone, kept the puck deep, and Namestnikov worked it down low for Rasmussen, Hronek worked a shot in on Hill and he was stopped with 6:31 remaining.
Suter worked with Gagner as the Sharks’ PP began, and the Sharks skated into Detroit’s zone, opposite Seider and DeKeyser, and the Sharks worked the puck around the perimeter, to the blueline to Karlsson, to Barabanov, to Karlsson, his shot was blocked, Suter could not clear, Karlsson fed Weatherby, Hertl, Bonino, cycle cycle, but Seider chipped it down the ice and 18 left remained in the PP and 5:30 in the game.
San Jose skated to center, into the Wings’ zone, and Nedeljkovic jabbed the dump-in, but the Sharks got a tip in on a Burns shot and Nedeljkovic had to make a stop;
Lindstrom, Rowney and Erne cleared, Detroit changed, and San Jose chipped in with 4:51 remaining;
Staal was tripped, Lindstrom and Fabbri worked the puck to the line, but they could not do so, and Rowney got stung as he was tripped;
Detroit skated out to center, San Jose reversed, and Gregor sent a shot over the net 2 on 1;
And both teams honestly looked tired with 4:08 remaining in a 3rd period where the shots were 8-7 San Jose in the 3rd.
As play resumed, the Sharks won the draw, chipped and chased, and Detroit’s Filip Hronek put the puck in the Wings’ bench, forcing a defensive zone draw;
Detroit lost that draw, and San Jose was unable to really generate much off the win, so Erne, Namestnikov and Suter battled the puck into the offensive zone, it stayed there for a bit, and Namestnikov and Erne did a really nice job of cycling 200 feet from their net.
Suter helped, and ALMOST put the puck into an empty net, but Hill helped Suter miss the wide-open target.
Rasmsusen, Gagner and company cycled as well, the Sharks walked out and into the Wings’ zone, Dahlen was blocked, Nieto skated back in, he was bumped by Lindstrom, Dahlen fed the point, Rasmussen surrendered it, and Bonino was stopped by Lindstrom, who blocked the shot into the crowd with 2:03 remaining.
Larkin, Fabbri and Raymond worked together with DeKeyser and Seider, they won the defensive zone draw, but could not penetrate the Sharks’ zone, and Nedeljkovic played a dump-in to Seider, which Raymond helped clear;
The Sharks chipped and chased one more time, but not without icing the puck with 58.1 left in the game.
Suter came out for the final minute, working with Namestnikov, Erne, Hronek and Leddy;
They worked into the offensive zone, won a draw, lost the keep-in, Suter skated it in, jabbed along the boards and Leddy put the puck off Hertl’s head…
And the whistle went with 22.7 remaining.
Suter, Rasmussen and Veleno worked the final shift, got the puck deep, and ended the game.