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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
* 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
* 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