Recap: Sharks Big First Period Clips Red Wings

The San Jose Sharks and their old Western Conference rival the Detroit Red Wings wrapped up their season series without the venom fans remember from the old days. But, what the game lacked in animosity, it made up for in offense as the two clubs combined for nine goals.

First Period

San Jose came out quick in the opening minutes trying to get on the right track and stave off a four-game losing streak. They dominated the shot attempts from the start.

Thomas Vanek
(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

But at 12:48, San Jose’s momentum was interrupted as the Red Wings opened the scoring on a shot by Thomas Vanek that would deflect down and under Martin Jones. The goal didn’t stop the Sharks from pressing and they went on a scoring frenzy minutes later.

At 15:58, Joonas Donskoi tallied his seventh goal of the season on a strange pinball puck that looked to be tipped by Tommy Wingels or Kevin Labanc in front of the net, but the Raahe, Finland native ultimately received credit with the Sharks opening goal.

A minute and a half later, Mirco Mueller — playing in his third game for the Sharks —sent a missile past Coreau that was aided by a double screen in front of the net by Chris Tierney and Patrick Marleau.

Just 121 seconds later, Patrick Marleau’s shot deflected off the stick of Danny DeKeyser. The Detroit defender attempted to block Marleau’s attempt but ended up knuckling the shot past Coreau for the Sharks third goal of the opening frame.

The period would end with the Sharks up by two and out-shooting the Red Wings 15-9.

Second Period

After Coreau’s rough first period, Detroit sent out Petr Mrazek to start the middle frame.

Petr Mrazek to arbitration, NHL, Detroit Red Wings
Petr Mrazek (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

The move seemed to spark the Red Wings, who showed jump in the early going, including a big chance for Tomas Tatar on Martin Jones. Jones channeled his inner Dominik Hasek to make a windmill save on the Detroit forward.

Mrazek’s first period of action would be active, and he’d keep shutting the door on the Sharks. San Jose went on the power play twice in the period but, not only did the bleeding stop for the Red Wings, they mounted a decent counterattack and kept the Sharks on their toes. The period ended with no scoring for either squad.

Third Period

Early in the third, the Sharks jumped out to a 4-1 lead on a Brent Burns blast from the point that Joe Pavelski deflected past Mrazek. Timo Meier assisted on the play for his first NHL assist and earned his first point since joining the Sharks top line.

Joe Pavelski (Photo credit Zeke/THW)
Joe Pavelski (Photo credit Zeke/THW)

A few minutes later, the Sharks got their fifth goal of the game when Brent Burns wrist shot from the right boards was tipped by Mikkel Boedker.

Detroit would answer back moments later. Anthony Mantha fought off a Joe Thornton backcheck and got stick position to knock home a Drew Miller rebound that Jones kicked out to his left and right to Mantha.

DeKysers nightmare game continued when Joe Pavelski’s shot was deflected by the Red Wings rearguard, his second such deflection past his own netminder of the evening. The Red Wings kept at it and a great no-look pass from Frans Nielsen was tapped home by Andreas Athanasiou to make the game 6-3 with just over 6 minutes to play. That would be the last goal of the night as Jones’ 31 saves propelled the Sharks to their first win of 2017.

Shot Chart via
Shot Chart via

Scoring Summary

First Period

DET – Thomas Vanek (10) Assisted by Frans Nielsen, Andreas Athanasiou

SJS – Joonas Donskoi (6) Assisted by Tommy Wingels, Mirco Mueller

SJS – Mirco Mueller (1) Assisted by Dylan DeMelo, Joel Ward

SJS – Patrick Marleau (12) Assisted by Joel Ward, Paul Martin

Second Period

(No Scoring)

Third Period

SJS – Joe Pavelski (14) Assisted by Brent Burns and Timo Meier

SJS – Mikkel Boedker (3) Assisted by Brent Burns and Paul Martin

DET – Anthony Mantha (11) Assisted by Drew Miller and Luke Glendening

SJS – Joe Pavelski (15) Assisted by Joe Thornton, Dylan DeMelo

DET – Andreas Athanasiou (7) Assisted by Frans Nielsen

THW Three Stars

First Star: Joe Pavelski (Two goals)

Second Star: Brent Burns (Two assists)

Third Star: Andreas Athanasiou (Goal, assist)


San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers

Rogers Place – 6:00 PM PST on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Broadcast Channels: CSNBA, SNW

Season Series:

December 23, 2016 – Sharks 3 Oilers 2 (OT)


Detroit Red Wings vs. Team

United Center – 8:30 PM EST on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Broadcast Channels: WGN, FS-D

Season Series:

First Game of the Season Series