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NHL Playoff Coverage
Detroit Red Wings 2 San Jose Sharks 3 Sharks move on to play Canucks
It would be another one goal game to decide the outcome of the Detroit and San Jose series.
Detroit would put 40 shots on goal; but it would not be enough to beat Antti Niemi and the Sharks.
12:20 into the first period it would be the Sharks Devin Setoguchi with a slap shot goal on the power play after Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson would take a penalty for holding.
A mere ten seconds after the goal by Setoguchi fellow Shark Ryane Clowe would be sent to the penalty box for roughing; unlike San Jose, Detroit would not take advantage of being up a skater for two minutes.
In the final minute of the period San Jose’s Logan Couture would put a wrist shot past Jimmy Howard to make it 2-0 heading into intermission.
Just over thirteen minutes into the second period it would be Henrik Zetterberg who would get the Red Wings on the scoreboard when he put in a backhanded shot off of a pass from Valtteri Filppula.
The Red Wings would head to the second intermission within a goal but still trailing the Sharks in San Jose.
Closing in on the nine minute mark in the period Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall would sit for two-minutes after slashing and breaking the stick of Sharks Patrick Marleau. Marleau whom had been criticized for being gutless in the series would turn around and score what would be the game winning (series winning) goal just over three minutes later.
With the Sharks back up by two goals it would be the other Euro Twin Pavel Datsyuk with a backhander to bring it back within one.
It would not be enough for Detroit and the Red Wings would fall to the Sharks for the second straight season.
*Red Wings were without Johan Franzen to start the game and then lost Todd Bertuzzi and Dan Cleary during the game to concussions.
Up into the Netting
News leaked yesterday that the 2012 Winter Classic will feature the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Rangers.
Today’s IIHF Lineup
Finland 4 Norway 1
Canada 1 Russia 2
Today’s IIHF Lineup
Czech Republic vs. Sweden
Finland vs. Russia
Today’s Playoff Lineup
Round Three starts tomorrow:
Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
8:00 p.m. EST on RDS, CBC, and Versus