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Datsyuk, Red Wings spoil McLellan's return to Detroit

Dec 19, 2008 - 4:27 AM
DETROIT (Ticker) -- San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan received his Stanley Cup ring before the game. He didn't have much to celebrate after that.

Pavel Datsyuk scored two goals and set up two others and Marian Hossa had a goal and an assist as the Detroit Red Wings cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Sharks on Thursday.

"We weren't better than them in any aspect of the game," McLellan said. "We weren't better than them in goal, we weren't better than them in the battles in the corners, our specialty teams weren't better. Just flat out, they were better in every situation."

McLellan, however, did believe that San Jose could benefit from its worst loss of the season.

"This may help us in the long run," McLellan said. "We know that we've got a ways to go. We can come down a little off our perch. Everybody can look at each other and understand we've got some work to do. It's a humbling experience, but they are the champs for a reason and we know how far we have to go to catch up."

Ty Conklin made 24 saves to post his second shutout of the season for the Red Wings, who have won six of their last eight contests.

Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Brad Stuart also tallied for Detroit, which trails only San Jose in the Western Conference standings.

An assistant coach on the Red Wings' 2007-08 championship squad, McLellan was hired as the Sharks' head coach this offseason. He has led San Jose (25-4-3) to one of the best starts in NHL history, collecting 53 out of a possible 62 points entering this one.

The Sharks dominated the early portion of the first period, but momentum was turned on Franzen's goal with 5:29 left. Datsyuk doubled the advantage 87 seconds later and the rout was on.

"We'd like to think the first goal had nothing to do with it, but I think it did," Nabokov said. "It broke us apart. That first goal changed he momentum and changed everything. It was such an easy shot. I thought I had it in my glove."

Datsyuk, who notched his 10th goal of the campaign in the third period, snapped a 10-game goalless streak.

"(Tomas) Kopecky had a good middle drive," Datsyuk said. "He fed me in the middle and Hossa had the defenseman in front of the net. My shot was on the rise. I was so happy for that one."

Hossa scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season at 9:18 of the middle session to extend the Red Wings' lead to 3-0.

After third-period goals by Filppula and Datsyuk just over five minutes apart, Stuart provided the final margin, scoring his first goal of the season with 3:31 remaining in the contest. It was his first goal in 35 games.

Conklin turned aside nine shots in the first period, five more in the next and 10 in the third to complete his sixth career shutout. It was the second time the Sharks had been blanked this season.

"We were really good in our own end, especially from the midway mark of the first period on," Conklin said. "I don't know if we gave up an odd-man rush all night. I can't remember one. When you're doing that, you're going to be successful a lot of times."

"We've had some letdowns in our own zone and, tonight, I thought we played the way we wanted to play, the way you have to play against the top teams in the league," captain Nicklas Lidstrom said. "I thought we played defense first and then we took care of the offense."

Both Conklin and Detroit coach Mike Babcock admitted that it wasn't difficult for the Red Wings to get ready for the Sharks.

"They're on top of the conference and on top of the league and that's where we want to be, so we took this game as a little bit of a measuring stick," Conklin said.

"Any time you play a good team and you're a good team yourself, they help you get ready," Babcock said. "You get a good positive effort."

Evgeni Nabokov made 22 saves for San Jose, which lost back-to-back contests for the second time this season.

"We can use the excuse that we had three games in four nights, but that's just an excuse," San Jose's Ryane Clowe said.

"It's just embarrassing to play these guys - like we're happy with ourselves. They picked up their game and we sat back and watched. Sure, they got a couple of goals, but you've got to stick with it."








  • NHL
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 0 0 0
    DETROIT 2 1 3 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 14 (BRETT LEBDA, KRIS DRAPER) 14:31
    DET - PAVEL DATSYUK 9 (TOMAS KOPECKY, MARIAN HOSSA) 15:58
    2ND PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 17 (PAVEL DATSYUK, BRETT LEBDA) 9:18
    3RD PRD: DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 5 (JI

    Dec 18 9:55 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 3RD 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 0 0 0
    DETROIT 2 1 3 6 END OF THE 3RD
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 14 (BRETT LEBDA, KRIS DRAPER) 14:31
    DET - PAVEL DATSYUK 9 (TOMAS KOPECKY, MARIAN HOSSA) 15:58
    2ND PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 17 (PAVEL DATSYUK, BRETT LEBDA) 9:18
    3RD PRD: DET - VALTTERI F

    Dec 18 9:54 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 0
    DETROIT 6
    3RD PRD: DET - BRAD STUART 1 (NIKLAS KRONWALL, PAVEL DATSYUK) 16:29

    Sharks 0, Red Wings 6  3rd - 3:31Dec 18 9:49 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 0
    DETROIT 5
    3RD PRD: DET - PAVEL DATSYUK 10 (UNASSISTED) 12:29

    Sharks 0, Red Wings 5  3rd - 7:31Dec 18 9:39 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 0
    DETROIT 4
    3RD PRD: DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 5 (UNASSISTED) 7:25

    Sharks 0, Red Wings 4  3rd - 12:35Dec 18 9:29 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 0 0
    DETROIT 2 1 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 14 (BRETT LEBDA, KRIS DRAPER) 14:31
    DET - PAVEL DATSYUK 9 (TOMAS KOPECKY, MARIAN HOSSA) 15:58
    2ND PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 17 (PAVEL DATSYUK, BRETT LEBDA) 9:18
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST

    Dec 18 9:02 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 0
    DETROIT 3
    2ND PRD: DET - MARIAN HOSSA 17 (PAVEL DATSYUK, BRETT LEBDA) 9:18

    Sharks 0, Red Wings 3  2nd - 10:42Dec 18 8:44 PM
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    Sharks 0, Red Wings 2  End of 1stDec 18 8:13 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN JOSE 0 0
    DETROIT 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 14 (BRETT LEBDA, KRIS DRAPER) 14:31
    DET - PAVEL DATSYUK 9 (TOMAS KOPECKY, MARIAN HOSSA) 15:58
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    SAN 9 9


    Dec 18 8:12 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 0
    DETROIT 2
    1ST PRD: DET - PAVEL DATSYUK 9 (TOMAS KOPECKY, MARIAN HOSSA) 15:58

    Sharks 0, Red Wings 2  1st - 4:02Dec 18 8:02 PM


  • NHL
    SAN JOSE 0
    DETROIT 1
    1ST PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 14 (BRETT LEBDA, KRIS DRAPER) 14:31

    Sharks 0, Red Wings 1  1st - 5:29Dec 18 8:01 PM