San Jose Sharks Dominant in Season Series Clincher Vs. Detroit Red Wings

March 4th, 2011 by Brian Winett Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks came into action last night against the perennial powerhouse Detroit Red Wings on the heels of a miracle win against the Colorado Avalanche where Joe Thornton made a one in a million deflection to tie a then 1-0 game in the final minutes where the Sharks won it in overtime.

No such miracle were needed this time around as San Jose jumped on its Western Conference rival early and sustained the pressure for the full 60 minutes of hockey.

Detroit's netminder Joey MacDonald, who got a rare start in this matchup of division leaders, looked shaky handling the puck early on.

His indecisiveness behind the net led to an early chance in the game's first minute on a shot by Justin Braun from the right point that Howard scrambled back into the net and made a sliding save on.

This pressure would build in the opening minutes of the contest however and Dany Heatley would break the goose egg early on, capitalizing on a rebound to put The Sharks up 1-0.

On the play, a cycle and strong board play saw Patrick Marleau wheeling out of the corner with the puck towards the blue line with two Red Wings in chase.

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