Detroit 3, San Jose 2

Sunday, February 19, 2012 12:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Jose 31-19-4-3 18-9-2-0 13-10-2-3 L3
Detroit 41-17-1-1 26-2-1-0 15-15-0-1 W6


RED WINGS 3, SHARKS 2: Joey MacDonald turned aside 31 shots as Detroit edged San Jose for its NHL-record 23rd consecutive home victory.

San Jose provided a stiff challenge for the Red Wings but couldn't hand the home side its first loss at Joe Louis Arena since Nov. 3 against Calgary. The loss dropped the Sharks to 1-3-1 on their season-high nine-game road trip.

MacDonald, making his eighth start in place of the injured Jimmy Howard, improved to 6-1-1 on the season and has surrendered two goals or fewer on seven occasions.

Henrik Zetterberg had the lone goal of the opening period, firing a backhander past San Jose netminder Antti Niemi at 6:30 for his fourth goal in the past six games.

Detroit went up 2-0 midway through the second frame, taking advantage of a poor Brent Burns clearing attempt to bang home a rebound past Niemi.

San Jose trimmed the deficit with a bizarre power-play goal less than four minutes later. Logan Couture redirected a shot which bounced off the top of the net and was knocked in by Detroit's Justin Abdelkader.

Officials allowed the goal following a brief video review, giving Couture 25 goals on the campaign. The 22-year-old has four goals and 10 assists over his last 11 games.

Darren Helm restored the two-goal edge seven minutes into the third period, snapping a shot from the high slot past Niemi for his first goal in 15 games.

Patrick Marleau made things interesting with 4:44 remaining, banging home a loose puck at the edge of the crease

GAME NOTEBOOK: Niemi finished with 25 saves. ... Miller finished with a goal and an assist for his first multi-point effort since Dec. 17 against Los Angeles. ... Abdelkader and San Jose's Ryane Clowe brought fans out of their seats with a spirited fight with just over five minutes remaining in the third period. ... Howard is expected to return to the Detroit lineup Tuesday against Chicago.

Top Game Performances

San Jose   Detroit
Logan Couture 1 Points Drew Miller 2
Logan Couture 1 Goals Drew Miller 1
Brent Burns 1 Assists Drew Miller 1
Logan Couture 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Antti Niemi .893 Save Percentage Joey MacDonald .939
Antti Niemi 25 Saves Joey MacDonald 31

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
San Jose 33 2 1-4 3-3 11 29
Detroit 28 3 0-3 3-4 13 34

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play its next game on the road against Chicago. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .756 after a win and .526 after a loss.
  • San Jose will play its next game on the road against Columbus. The Sharks have a W/L % of .548 after a win and .538 after a loss.
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