San Jose remained undefeated at home and improved their record to 9-2-0 by handily beating Detroit, 4-2. The Wings looked tired from the previous night's game against a physical Anaheim. The Sharks-Wings game started less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the Ducks-Wings game.
After a sluggish first period, Marian Hossa's goal gave Detroit a much needed boost just 18 seconds into the second. He took a shot from the face off dot and the puck squirted through Evgeni Nabakov's five-hole. The goal marked his sixth tally of the season and his 15th point.
The Sharks tied it up when Joe Thornton made a pass from behind the net and captain Patrick Marleau scored on the quick slap shot. He now leads his team with six goals this season. Despite Wings goaltender Ty Conklin's effort to keep his skate/pad up against the post, Jamie McGinn kept pounding away and was able to push the puck in.
Hossa got called for tripping just 12 seconds after San Jose's second goal. It marked Detroit's first penalty of the night and 52nd of the year. Only Anaheim and Washington have been sent to the penalty box more times than Detroit this season. With 48 seconds left on the penalty kill, Ryan Clowe scored on a one-timer to beat Conklin. The Sharks' three goals all came within 3:25.
San Jose clinched the game on a slapshot by Pavelski just 6:08 into the third period to give San Jose a three-goal lead. With just 32 seconds left in the game, Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski came down from the point to score on a nice give and go from Tomas Kopecky to make the final 4-2.
Combine the loss with the late game and it was not an enjoyable game for Wings fans. I honestly think I am getting sick from all of these late games on this road trip and I just felt my cold getting worse with each passing minute. Fortunately, we get a couple days off before Detroit's road game against Vancouver. Unfortunately, it's a 10pm start on a Sunday evening.