The Detroit Red Wings grind it out hard and hold off, but ultimately fall in the shootout to the San Jose Sharks by a low 1-0 score.
As has been their reputation when meeting, this was a rather uneventful game in terms of scoring and offense. A few good looks for both teams, but low shots on goal and good blocking of passing and shooting lanes kept both teams off the scoreboard through two periods. Shots after two were 19-11 in favor of the Sharks, and both teams were 0 on the power play, 1 chance for the Red Wings, and 3 for the Sharks.
The third period was pretty much a carbon copy of the previous two. The shining moment was that the Red Wings became only the second team to hold San Jose to under 30 shots on goal through regulation, holding them to 25. The defensive pressure from both sides would send the game into overtime, and through a 4-on-4 OT period without a goal, then to a shootout.
Logan Couture would score the lone goal in the shootout, after Antti Niemi stopped shots from Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson, including a Brodeur-like scorpion save with the uplifted leg pad on Todd Bertuzzi. Jimmy Howard came up with the save on Patrick Marleau. San Jose would take the game by a score of 1-0.
It was a playoff-worthy grinding game from both sides, and the Red Wings definitely didn’t deserve to lose this one. But at least they came away with an important point.
The next game will be Wednesday when the Red Wings host Alfredsson’s long-time former team, the Ottawa Senators. See you then, Nation!