San Jose 3, Detroit 2

Saturday, March 17, 2012 10:30 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 44-24-2-2 28-4-1-1 16-20-1-1 L4
San Jose 36-25-5-5 21-11-2-1 15-14-3-4 W2


SHARKS 3, RED WINGS 2 (OT): Martin Havlat scored his second goal of the contest at 3:23 of overtime as San Jose edged visiting Detroit for just its fifth win in 17 games.

Joe Pavelski also tallied and Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Sharks, who have earned at least one point in six of their last seven contests (3-1-3). San Jose is tied with Los Angeles for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

After All-Star Jimmy Howard denied Justin Braun's rebound attempt, the Sharks defenseman was shoved on top of the netminder by Detroit's Justin Abdelkader, who also landed on the goalie. Havlat took advantage, digging the puck from between Howard's pads and firing it into the vacant net for the winning goal.

It capped Havlat's first two-goal performance since Jan. 19, 2011 while with Minnesota. Havlat was playing in just his second contest following a 39-game absence due to a torn hamstring.

A six-time 20-goal scorer, Havlat has just four tallies in 28 games during his first season with the Sharks.

San Jose wasted little time getting on the board as Pavelski scored his second goal in 11 games just 48 seconds into the game. After his initial shot from the right faceoff circle was blocked, Pavelski regained possession and beat Howard for his career high-tying 25th tally.

Havlat doubled the lead with 1:37 remaining in the opening period when he scored on a wrist shot from the top of the slot.

The two-goal advantage lasted only 23 seconds, however, as Red Wings All-Star Pavel Datsyuk, who was back in the lineup after missing time with an injury, fired the puck under the crossbar from the far side of the bottom of the left circle to halve the deficit.

Datsyuk had been sidelined for 11 games after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.

After a scoreless second period, Detroit got even less than 8 1/2 minutes into the third. Valtteri Filppula used a pick by Henrik Zetterberg to skate into the left circle untouched and rifle the puck past Niemi for his 23rd goal. Filppula's tally was his seventh in 12 contests.

Howard stopped 32 shots for the Red Wings, who completed an 0-4-0 road trip with their eighth loss in nine games away from home.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom sat out his ninth consecutive game with a deep bone bruise in his right ankle. ... Detroit also was without right wing Johan Franzen, who was sidelined with back spasms. ... The Sharks have scored three goals or less in each of their last 16 contests. ... The Red Wings have lost five straight on the road, six of seven overall and 14 of 21 against San Jose.

Top Game Performances

Detroit   San Jose
Pavel Datsyuk 1 Points Martin Havlat 2
Pavel Datsyuk 1 Goals Martin Havlat 2
Doug Janik 1 Assists Justin Braun 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Jimmy Howard .914 Save Percentage Antti Niemi .929
Jimmy Howard 32 Saves Antti Niemi 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Detroit 28 2 0-2 3-3 6 25
San Jose 35 3 0-3 2-2 4 25

Upcoming Games

  • San Jose will play its next game at home against Anaheim. The Sharks have a W/L % of .514 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play its next game at home against Washington. The Red Wings have a W/L % of .711 after a win and .444 after a loss.
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