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Shark Bait: Detroit Red Wings Turn in Inglorious Performance Against San Jose Sharks

January 10th, 2014 at 7:00 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The Detroit Red Wings looked to be off to a strong start on their five-game road trip after a win in Dallas followed by some rest.

That all came to a thud in San Jose on Thursday night.

A three goal outburst in the second period by the Sharks was the difference in a 4-1 loss. It also resulted in Jimmy Howard getting the hook after 40 minutes and being replaced by Petr Mrazek to start the third.

"We stopped skating," Niklas Kronwall said. "We stopped skating and started watching them."

"Anyway you look at it, with the team we have right now, we've got to play with real good structure," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, "we've got to work real hard, and we've got to get good goaltending. We didn't get all of that, so you have no opportunity."

Howard had made some big saves in the first and second periods until Andrew Desjardins broke a 1-1 tie at 9:44 of the second with a wrister. Joe Pavelski added his second goal of the game at 12:25, and Dan Boyle's power play goal at 16:28 put the game out of reach.

Howard finished with 19 saves on 23 shots. He declined to talk to reporters after the game.

Tomas Tatar's ninth goal of the season was the only goal of the night for the Wings. Tatar collected a feed from Luke Glendening, waited behind the net, and made his move when Marc-Edouard Vlasic lost his stick before beating Antti Niemi with a backhander at 16:48 of the first.

Things turned ugly in the third period as Kyle Quincey and Tyler Kennedy fought at 14:57 of the third after Kennedy slashed Danny DeKeyser.

The worst incident came at 18:07 when Daniel Cleary delivered an elbow to the head of Scott Hannan. Hannan retaliated by fighting Cleary. Both players were ejected from the game.

In all, both teams finished with a combined 58 minutes in penalties (48 of which came in the third), and four ejections.

Neither Babcock nor Sharks coach Todd McLellan commented on the incidents, and the NHL has not determined if any supplemental discipline will be assessed.

THREE STARS:

  1. SJS Joe Pavelski (2 Goals)
  2. SJS Joe Thornton (2 Assists)
  3. SJS Andrew Desjardins (Goal)
Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, Jimmy Howard, Mike Babcock, NHL, Tomas Tatar

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