Sharks Turn Up Heat vs Red Wings: Surge Toward Conference Lead

March 4th, 2011 by John Phen Leave a reply »
Another page to the chapter of history between the San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings began anew Thursday night at HP Pavilion. And like many recent stories, the game was a hard-fought contest with the gritty feel of a May playoff contest.

While the Sharks have struggled for most of the season this year, they have reversed their fortunes in the New Year. Posting a 16-2-1 record in their past 19 games, the Sharks had won seven straight games and and hadn’t lost as the host since Jan. 13. Behind this second-half surge, the Sharks were sitting just four points ahead of the Phoenix Coyotes in the Pacific Division.

The Red Wings had a winning streak snapped last night, but hasn’t been as dominant in the second half of the year. Despite those inconsistencies of late, they still sported a dominant 22-8-3 marker on the road this season. The Wings were riding a six-game winning streak before a Bobby Ryan penalty shot in OT snap their run.

Before the Red Wings endured that loss, they hadn’t lost a game on the road since February 5, and had won their last three at HP.

This was quite easily the biggest game for the Sharks thi ...

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