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4 - 3 Final - OT
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Sharks take 3-0 lead with another OT win over Wings

May 5, 2011 - 5:46 AM
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Devin Setoguchi completed the hat trick at the 9:21 mark of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal series.

In the extra session, Joe Thornton caught up to the puck at the right boards and stopped there. He looked up and sent a pass to the top of the right circle for Setoguchi, who snapped a shot on net that went off the stick of Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg and sailed into the net for the win.

"You need heroes and you need people to step up and he was the guy tonight," said San Jose head coach Todd McLellan. "He's got a tremendous trigger and always puts himself in a good position to shoot the puck."

Dan Boyle tied the game with 4:08 to play in regulation while Thornton finished the game with three assists for the Sharks, who have a 3-0 lead in this series and will look to close it out in Detroit on Friday.

Antti Niemi stopped 38 shots for San Jose, which also went up 3-0 in the semifinals last season against Detroit before winning the series in five games.

Nicklas Lidstrom had a goal and an assist while Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Eaves each had a goal for Detroit, which has dropped seven straight playoff games to San Jose by one goal. Jimmy Howard made 34 stops in the loss.

"It's a tough loss and it's especially tough cause we had the lead late and let them tie the game," said Lidstrom. "We just have to dig deep and find a way to win the next game."

The first goal of the game came at the 12:57 mark of the first period when Setoguchi tipped in the puck from in front on the power play to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead.

Detroit, though, tied the game with 19.3 seconds left in the opening frame as Lidstrom's one-timer from the slot off a turnaround backhand pass by Zetterberg beat Niemi for a power-play marker.

The Red Wings took a 2-1 lead when Eaves backhanded in the puck from the left circle after a scramble in front at the 13:59 mark of the second.

The Sharks tied the game with a power-play tally less than a minute later when Setoguchi blasted a shot from the left circle that he didn't get all of, but got enough to beat Howard.

Skating on the power play later in the second, Detroit took a 3-2 advantage as Datsyuk's sharp wrister from the left circle off a feed from Zetterberg beat Niemi with 1:43 left in the middle frame.

The Sharks were able to send the game to overtime when Kyle Wellwood sent a blind, sweeping pass from the deep left boards that made its way over to the right side for Boyle, who snapped a shot into the net.

Game Notes

Lidstrom's goals was the 29th of his playoff career, breaking Denis Potvin's mark for defensemen and tying Mario Lemieux for fifth-place all-time. His assist was his 128th in the playoffs and tied him for fifth with Doug Gilmour...Both teams went 2-for-4 on the power play...Thornton has seven assists in the playoffs.