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Another improbable comeback
Sharks erase 4-goal deficit and beat Wings in OT
12/7/2023 - By Mike Lee

If you decided to turn the Sharks game off after they fell behind 4-0 in Detroit on Thursday night, you missed another improbable comeback. Just 2 days after San Jose's crazy win over the New York Islanders, the Sharks came back from that 4-goal deficit, scored another equalizer with 89 seconds left in regulation before beating the Red Wings 6-5 in overtime. Unbelievable doesn't describe the comebacks that the Sharks have executed in the last two games, but it's been a fun 48 hours.

Getting to overtime was worth the watch alone, but San Jose claimed the 2 points in the standings when Mikael Granlund converted 37 seconds into the extra period. Skating in the standard 3-on-3 format, San Jose forced a turnover at their own zone. Fabian Zetterlund had to fend off Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin who had fallen but was clinging to Zetterlund's stick in an attempt to corral him from a breakaway.

Larkin failed and Zetterlund raced up the right side before faking a shot and sliding the puck over to the left wing where Granlund gathered it and buried it.

Another improbable comeback booked by a team that looked like they were ready to be put out to pasture a month ago.

The back and forth didn't start until the 2nd period, but San Jose looked good out of the gate.
B It was all Sharks and all Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso in the opening 20 minutes. The Sharks dictated play for most of the opening period, controlling the shot counter by a 14-6 advantage. If not for Husso, the Sharks should have deposited 2 or 3 pucks in the Detroit goal.

A Ben Chiarot hooking penalty on Justin Bailey setup a lone power play for the Sharks in that opening period. The Sharks power play unit moved the puck well, but Husso denied a pair of quality chances from in tight.

From the NHL officiating hall of shame comes an atrocious call by referee Brandon Schrader who whistled William Eklund for tripping Mortiz Seider. The problem was Seider had knocked Eklund's stick out of his hands and then stumbled on it as it lay on the ice. Eklund could only stand and look befuddled at the official following the missed call.

Klim Kostin got a rise out of the Little Caesars Arena crowd when his shot fooled everyone in the stands when it rang off the right post. The crowd thought it was in, but the one ice officials allowed play to continue.

Little Caesar's Arena then turned into the Twilight Zone. The Sharks would give up 4 goals in less than a 4 minute span. They'd then answer with 3 straight goals in less than 2 minutes to draw within a single goal of Detroit.

Kostin wouldn't miss at the 9:04 mark, when he fished a faceoff draw out of Mario Ferraro's skates and snapped the puck past Mackenzie Blackwood from the top of the crease for the 1-0 Red Wings lead.

Michael Rasmussen made it a 2-0 lead by deflecting a Daniel Sprong shot from the left point at 12:51, scoring his 4th goal of the season. Rasmussen would add his 5th just 13 seconds later on a similar play. Chiarot fired a shot from the same spot as Sprong, but this time Rasmussen got a stick blade on the puck to deflect it past Blackwood.

The wheels appeared to follow the Sharks bus on the next shift. The Red Wings stormed into the San Jose zone and added a 4th goal 36 seconds after Rasmussen's 2nd tally. Chiarot carried the puck toward the left post, but ran out of space, so he simply dropped back into the slot. Lucas Raymond was trailing on the play and buried the pass into a wide open net as Blackwood had moved to cover the left side and Chiarot.

Sharks head coach immediately pulled Blackwood, replacing him with Kaapo Kahkonen. Things seemed to get worse when Marc-Edouard Vlasic was sent to the box for unsportsmanlike conduct after he said something to an official.

As Vlasic was lumbering to the penalty box, Sharks head coach David Quinn read his team the riot act. The move seemed to light a spark in the Sharks.

After teh Red Wings turned the puck over in the Sharks zone, Tomas Hertl and Eklund skated up ice on a 2-on-1 break. Rather than pass, Hertl elected to shoot, clipping Husso with his shot which trickled over the goal line for San Jose's 1st shorthanded goal of the season.

Fabian Zetterlund added the Sharks 2nd shortie on the same penalty just 38 seconds later. Jan Rutta sent a lead pass up ice to Zetterlund who skated in on Husso and snapped a shot over the netminder's glove hand to catch the upper right corner for his 8th goal of the season.

Nico Sturm then turned into a man on a mission. The German forward bagged the next two goals to tie the game up at 4-4. Kyle Burroughs sent a long pass up the right wing to Vlasic who had stepped out of the penalty box. Vlasic held it until he saw Sturm cutting to the left post. Vlasic hit Sturm on the button for the back door tap in and it was suddenly 4-3.

Sturm tied it with 22.8 seconds left in the period. The Sharks gathered a loose puck in the neutral zone bfore Kevin Labanc moved it to Justin Bailey at center ice. Bailey entered the zone and hit Sturm who was cutting across the slot before working the puck around Husso on the right side of the crease.

The Sharks welcomed Patrick Kane back to the league by gift wrapping a turnover that found him early in the 3rd period. The former Blackhawk forward walked in on Kahkonen and clanked an uncontested shot off the left post to keep the game knotted.

Dylan Larkin helped Detroit reclaim the lead with 6:40 to play after the Red Wings established numbers on the rush. Raymond dropped the puck back to Larking after gaining the zone and the Red Wings captain unloaded a shot from the top of the left circle that sailed over Kahkonen's right shoulder, putting Detroit up 5-4.

San Jose pulled Kahkonen with 2:54 left in regulation and the move worked. The cardiac kids knotted the game up at 5-5 with 1:29 to play when Mikael Granlund fired a puck off the end boards that sailed past the left post. Hertl was parked in the vicinity and was Johnny on the spot to punch it home from 3 feet out.

Zetterlund and Granlund finished it 37 seconds into the extra period.

Game Notes:

* Filip Zadina made his return to Little Caesars Arena for the first time since signing with the Sharks as an unrestricted free agent last summer. Zadina played in 190 games for Detroit over 5 seasons after being drafted by the Red Wings in 2018 as the 6th overall pick.

* Former Sharks goaltender James Reimer was an injury scratch for Detroit and was not in the lineup.

* Red Wings goaltender Ville Husso entered play having given up 3 or more goals on home ice in his last 13 consecutive games. He was true to form in the 2nd period alone, allowing 4 goals.

* Defenseman Calin Addison had a particularly rough night for the Sharks. He was a -3 an was on the ice for Dylan Larkin's goal that put Detroit up 5-4. The defenseman was muscled off the puck all night, struggling against the bigger Detroit forecheckers.

* San Jose pulled a rarity this season in out-shooting an opponent. In addition to his 2 big goals, Tomas Hertl led San Jose with 9 shots on goal. His linemate William EKlund added 5 shots.


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Scoring
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 0 4 1 1 6
DET 0 4 1 0 5
1st period - None.
2nd period - 1, DET, Kostin 2 (unassisted), 9:04. 2, DET, Rasmussen 4 (Sprong), 12:51. 3, DET, Rasmussen 5 (Chiarot), 13:04. 4, DET, Raymond 9 (Chiarot, Fabbri), 13:40. 5, SJ, Hertl 8 (Eklund, Rutta), 14:08, (sh). 6, SJ, Zetterlund 8 (Rutta), 14:46, (sh). 7, SJ, Sturm 1 (Vlasic, Burroughs), 15:52. 8, SJ, Sturm 2 (Bailey, Labanc), 19:37.
3rd period - 9, DET, Larkin 11 (Raymond, Fabbri), 13:20. 10, SJ, Hertl 9 (Granlund, Barabanov), 18:31.
Overtime - 11, SJ, Granlund 3 (Zetterlund), 0:37.
Penalties
1st period - Chiarot, DET (hooking), 12:53.
2nd period - Eklund, SJ (tripping), 1:49; Vlasic, SJ (unsporstmanlike conduct), 13:40.
3rd period - Sprong, DET (hooking), 2:08; Bailey, SJ (roughing), 10:22; Rasmussen, DET (roughing), 10:22.
Overtime - None.
Goaltending
Shots Saves
SJ - Blackwood 20 16
SJ - Kahkonen 11 10
DET - Husso 36 30
Shots On Goal
1 2 3 OT T
SJ 14 8 13 1 36
DET 6 17 8 0 31
Power Play Conversion
SJ 0 of 2
DET 0 of 2
3 Stars of the Game
Mikael Granlund
Michael Rasmussen
Tomas Hertl
Attendance
Little Caesars Arena - 19,515
Officials
Referees: #16 Brian Pochmara, #34 Brandon Schrader. Linesmen: #71 Brad Kovachik, #57 Justin Johnson.





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