Detroit vs. San Jose: Sharks Extend Win Streak to Eight

March 5th, 2011 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks continued their dominant play in the National Hockey League on Thursday with a win over the team with the third-best record in the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings.

It was San Jose's eighth win in a row and gives them a 17-2-1 mark over the past 20 games, all starts by goalie Antti Niemi. It was also their third in a row without ace defenceman Dan Boyle, showing their depth.

The win gave San Jose the season series over Detroit 3-1, and their first home victory over the Red Wings in a regular-season game since January 17, 2009. They have now won eight of their last ten against the Wings including the playoffs, and Niemi improved to 5-1-1 lifetime against Detroit.

San Jose came out with a flurry, out-shooting Detroit 12-1 through the first part of the opening period en route to a 1-0 lead on a crash-the-net goal by Dany Heatley.

But the Wings pushed back, putting 21 of the next 29 shots on goal. They got the equalizer twice on their second power play of the first period—the first was questionably disallowed for interference by Johan Franzen, but the one that counted was a redirect by Tomas Holmstrom.

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