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A year ago in the NHL playoffs, the Detroit Red Wings lost three games in the second round at San Jose by one goal en route to being eliminated in five games. This year, the Red Wings suffered their first loss of the 2011 NHL playoffs on Friday night with yet another one-goal loss in San Jose, and this one came in overtime.
Although the Red Wings had been off for more than a week, there wasn't much rust early on. Actually, Nicklas Lidstrom scored the game's first goal midway through the first period. He received a pass from Pavel Datsyuk and came down the middle of the zone for a one-timer that went past Antti Niemi.
In the second period, the Sharks came out firing and bombarded the Red Wings. Detroit looked like they were the team that had been playing on much less rest, as San Jose seemed to be skating circles around them. The total shots for the second period were 18-9 in San Jose's favor, but Jimmy Howard played well and didn't allow any to go into his net, meaning Detroit still led by a goal going into the third period.
The Red Wings had back-to-back penalties called against them midway through the third period. The first was a rather weak one on Patrick Eaves for a slash, and the referee that called it was nowhere near the play. Nevertheless, Eaves went to the box and the Red Wings were unable to kill off the penalty. Joe Pavelski swatted a rebound out of midair and into the net for the game-tying goal. Things remained tied during the final half of the period, as the Red Wings did kill off a boarding penalty on Todd Bertuzzi.
Only 2:43 into the overtime session, Justin Abdelkader was called for a double minor high sticking penalty. That gave the Sharks a four-minute power play, but the Red Wings actually managed to kill it off. Unfortunately, shortly after the power play expired San Jose's Benn Ferriero fired a shot at the net and it redirected off the stick of a Red Wings defenseman. Howard had no shot at it and just like that the Sharks scored and Game 1 of the series was over.
Game 2 of the series will take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. NBC will have the broadcast.
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At this time of year, a team that waits more than a week between games is usually booking tee times. Not for the Detroit Red Wings.
The vacation for Detroit ends tonight as they finally resume their playoff push in San Jose, nine days after the Red Wings ousted the Phoenix Coyotes in four games.
This is a precise replay of last season for Detroit. After eliminating Phoenix in seven games in 2010, Detroit ran into the Sharks in the second round and lost in five games.
The Red Wings are hoping for a better result this time around. They're healthier than they were last season and their goalie has another season under his belt.
Jimmy Howard looked a bit overwhelmed in the second round last season, but he was far from overwhelmed in the first round against the Coyotes. The Wings' second-year netminder outplayed Ilya Bryzgalov in all four games and looks much more poised in these playoffs. The same can't be said about his counterpart in San Jose, Antti Niemi. Niemi was pulled twice and gave up nearly four goals a game against Los Angeles in round one.
The Red Wings will also be getting the equivalent of a blockbuster trade acquisition tonight, as Henrik Zetterberg returns to the lineup. He missed all of the first round against Phoenix, but the Wings hardly needed him in averaging over four goals a game. Ansar Khan reports that Zetterberg will be teaming up with a familiar face tonight, starting on a line with Pavel Datsyuk.
Line Change (per Khan)
Jiri Hudler-Valtteri Filppula-Johan Franzen
Dan Cleary-Justin Abdelkader-Todd Bertuzzi
Nicklas Lidstrom-Brad Stuart
Jonathan Ericsson-Brian Rafalski
Niklas Kronwall-Ruslan Salei
OUT: Chris Osgood, DET (groin)