NHL Playoffs: Put The “D” Back In Detroit, Red Wings Drop Game Two To Sharks

May 2nd, 2010 by adam biggers Leave a reply »
The Detroit Red Wings haven't been shorthanded 10 times in a Stanley Cup Playoff game since 1997.

But they found themselves in a strangely unfamiliar predicament Sunday night.

In their 4-3 Game Two loss to San Jose, they were in fact, shorthanded 10 times.

And the Sharks capitalized twice—rather, Joe Pavelski capitalized twice. 

The Sharks' young-gun scored his eighth and ninth goal of the postseason, and is quickly becoming the second round's x-factor, go-to-guy and game changer—get the point?

You can't blame Jimmy Howard this time for the defeat.

He was more than solid between the pipes.

There just wasn't anyone to help him out in the scrums that were in front of the net. Howard made acrobatic save after save, but he was left to defend the goal virtually alone. 

Pavelski's Sharks looked quicker, stronger and better prepared than Mike Babcock's club. The line of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley gave the Wings fits.

Thornton netted his first puck of the playoffs, and the Heatley-Marleau connection afforded opportunities for their teammates ...

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