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Sharks Hand Red Wings Another Loss: A Fan’s Reaction
The Detroit Red Wings fell to the San Jose Sharks by the score of 5-2 on Thursday, November 17. Detroit falls to 9-7-1 on the season while San Jose improves to 10-5-1.
Offensively, the contest got off to a slow start until 17:23 into the first period when Niklas Kronwall(notes) scored on a power play with assists by Pavel Datsyuk(notes) and Nicklas Lidstrom(notes), to take a 1-0 lead.
It got ugly quickly when with only 0:12 left in the first period, San Jose's Joe Pavelski(notes) scored a shorthanded goal assisted by Joe Thorton and Marc-Edouard Vlasic(notes) to tie the game 1-1 heading into the first intermission.
With the Red Wings down 4-1 heading into the third period, Ty Conklin(notes) took over in the net. At 9:32 into the period, Winchester logged his first goal of the season with an assist by Andrew Murray(notes) to give the Sharks a 5-1 lead.
Unfortunately it was too little, too late for the Red Wings with the game ending at that final score.
While getting beat 5-2 is bad, the fact the Red Wings had 42 shots on goal compared to the Sharks 28, has me deeply concerned. Either Howard had a really bad game, or Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi(notes) played the game of his life.
Detroit will have a chance to rebound on Saturday, November 19 when they take on the 10-6-3 Los Angeles Kings. They had better get their act together because King's goaltender Jonathan Quick(notes) is allowing only 1.89 goals per game and has already logged three shutouts on the season.
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