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Michalek, Marleau propel Sharks past Red Wings

Jan 18, 2009 - 8:04 AM
By Michael Duca PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- After going toe-to-toe with the defending Stanley Cup champions for 2 1/2 periods, the San Jose Sharks delivered the knockout blow with a pair of breakaway goals in the final session.

Milan Michalek and captain Patrick Marleau converted solo rushes in slightly more than a three-minute span, leading the Sharks to a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Michalek also set up a pair of tallies and Ryane Clowe collected a career-high four assists for the Sharks (33-6-5), who own the best record in the NHL.

"This was the best regular-season game we've played here," Clowe said. "It was real exciting. We came out strong, but they are the Stanley Cup champs and got the lead. We kept saying on the bench to keep it up. It was funner to play than it was to watch."

Jonathan Cheechoo, All-Star defenseman Dan Boyle and fellow blue-liner Christian Ehrhoff each netted a goal and set up another for San Jose, which improved to 21-1-2 at home this season.

"That was a very good hockey game, I think," Boyle said. "Entertaining for the crowd, high-scoring, it had some hits and we came out on top, which is what we set out to do."

Marian Hossa recorded a goal and two assists while Henrik Zetterberg and defenseman Brian Rafalski notched a tally and an assist apiece for the Red Wings (31-8-6), who squandered an opportunity to take over the top spot in the conference standings.

Trailing, 4-3, the Sharks tied the contest with 65 seconds remaining in the second period, when Cheechoo poked in the rebound of Clowe's shot for a power-play goal.

"It was a see-saw game all night," Marleau said. "It took a full 60 minutes to win this one. It was a great game."

Michalek gave San Jose the lead with 9:42 remaining in the third. After receiving a pass from Boyle and getting ahead of Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Brad Stuart for a breakaway, the Czech put a backhander between the pads of goaltender Chris Osgood for his 11th tally of the season.

Just 3:06 later, Clowe sprang Marleau on another breakaway, and he fired a wrist shot over Osgood's glove for a 6-4 advantage.

"It was a quick neutral-zone play," Marleau said. "Clowe made a great play, I was able to get there alone, and I went stick side because I thought he might have been thinking glove side after Milan's breakaway."

Rafalski halved the deficit with 1:56 to play, beating netminder Evgeni Nabokov with a slap shot from above the left faceoff circle off a drop pass from Zetterberg. But Detroit was unable to net the equalizer despite pulling Osgood for the final 90 seconds.

"They always come hard the first five or 10 minutes of the first period," Rafalski said. "We settled down and played really well in the second period, then we gave up those two goals in the third.

"We had a great opportunity in the beginning of the third period on the power play and could've taken advantage of that, but it was a good game."

Nabokov turned aside 29 shots.






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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 1 3 1 5
    SAN JOSE 2 2 2 6 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - DAN BOYLE 13 (RYANE CLOWE, DOUG MURRAY) 2:59
    DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 6 (JIRI HUDLER, NIKLAS KRONWALL)
    4:07
    SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 13 (MILAN MICHALEK, DOUG MURRAY) 7:22
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) MARIAN HOSSA 22 (PAVEL DAT

    Jan 18 1:12 AM


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    DETROIT 5
    SAN JOSE 6
    3RD PRD: DET - BRIAN RAFALSKI 7 (HENRIK ZETTERBERG, MARIAN HOSSA)
    18:04

    Red Wings 5, Sharks 6  3rd - 1:56Jan 18 1:08 AM
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    DETROIT 4
    SAN JOSE 6
    3RD PRD: SAN - PATRICK MARLEAU 24 (RYANE CLOWE, JONATHAN CHEECHOO)
    13:24

    Red Wings 4, Sharks 6  3rd - 6:36Jan 18 12:57 AM


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    DETROIT 4
    SAN JOSE 5
    3RD PRD: SAN - MILAN MICHALEK 11 (DAN BOYLE, CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF) 10:18

    Red Wings 4, Sharks 5  3rd - 9:42Jan 18 12:53 AM
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    Detroit
    1 3 --4
    San Jose 2 2 --4
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    Shots on goal:
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    Detroit 11 12 --23
    San Jose 13 21 --34
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    Goalies : Detroit, Chris Osgood (34 shots, 30 saves). San Jose, Evgeni
    Nabokov (23 shots, 19 saves). Referees: Bill Mccreary,

    Jan 18 12:21 AM


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    DETROIT 4
    SAN JOSE 4
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) JONATHAN CHEECHOO 7 (RYANE CLOWE, MARC-EDOUARD
    VLASIC) 18:55

    Red Wings 4, Sharks 4  2nd - 1:05Jan 18 12:15 AM


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    DETROIT 4
    SAN JOSE 3
    2ND PRD: DET - HENRIK ZETTERBERG 17 (DANIEL CLEARY, MARIAN HOSSA)
    15:37

    Red Wings 4, Sharks 3  2nd - 4:23Jan 18 12:10 AM


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    DETROIT 3
    SAN JOSE 3
    2ND PRD: SAN - (PP) CHRISTIAN EHRHOFF 3 (MILAN MICHALEK, RYANE CLOWE)
    7:56

    Red Wings 3, Sharks 3  2nd - 12:04Jan 17 11:51 PM


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    DETROIT 3
    SAN JOSE 2
    2ND PRD: DET - JOHAN FRANZEN 21 (PAVEL DATSYUK, TOMAS HOLMSTROM) 4:31

    Red Wings 3, Sharks 2  2nd - 15:29Jan 17 11:43 PM


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    DETROIT 2
    SAN JOSE 2
    2ND PRD: DET - (PP) MARIAN HOSSA 22 (PAVEL DATSYUK, BRIAN RAFALSKI)
    1:34

    Red Wings 2, Sharks 2  2nd - 18:26Jan 17 11:38 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 1 1
    SAN JOSE 2 2 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: SAN - DAN BOYLE 13 (RYANE CLOWE, DOUG MURRAY) 2:59
    DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 6 (JIRI HUDLER, NIKLAS KRONWALL)
    4:07
    SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 13 (MILAN MICHALEK, DOUG MURRAY) 7:22
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3

    Jan 17 11:17 PM


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    DETROIT 1
    SAN JOSE 2
    1ST PRD: SAN - JOE PAVELSKI 13 (MILAN MICHALEK, DOUG MURRAY) 7:22

    Red Wings 1, Sharks 2  1st - 12:38Jan 17 10:58 PM


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    DETROIT 1
    SAN JOSE 1
    1ST PRD: DET - VALTTERI FILPPULA 6 (JIRI HUDLER, NIKLAS KRONWALL) 4:07

    Red Wings 1, Sharks 1  1st - 15:53Jan 17 10:47 PM


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    DETROIT 0
    SAN JOSE 1
    1ST PRD: SAN - DAN BOYLE 13 (RYANE CLOWE, DOUG MURRAY) 2:59

    Red Wings 0, Sharks 1  1st - 17:01Jan 17 10:44 PM
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