The Sharks (74-1-0) hosted the Detroit Red Wings (42-24-9) whom they have beaten three times in three games this season. The Sharks continued their homestand on an offensive hot streak, scoring eight goals in Dallas, 12 in Los Angeles, eight in Anaheim, and a season-high 14 against the Edmonton Oilers last night.
Sharks' captain Patrick Marleau opened the scoring midway through the 1st period on a shorthanded goal, then followed up with a powerplay goal to give the Sharks a 2-0 when Mike Rathje (SJ) broke through the Detroit defense to bury a one-time goal to give the Sharks a 3-0 lead heading into the 2nd period.
Patrick Marleau (SJ) wasted no time completing his hat trick on a powerplay goal early in the 2nd period, followed by back-to-back powerplay goals by Teemu Selanne (SJ), a one-time goal by Vincent Damphousse (SJ), and one-time goal by Brad Stuart (SJ) with less than one second left in the 2nd period to give the Sharks an 8-0 lead heading into the 3rd period. The Sharks and Wings were even at 22 shots each, but the Sharks had converted on 4/5 powerplays against Detroit's penalty kill, the 2nd best penalty kill in the league coming into this game.
The Sharks extended their lead early with Scott Thornton scoring mere seconds into the 3rd period, but he was quickly answered by Mark Mowers (DET), who gave the Red Wings their first goal of the season against Vesa Toskala (SJ). Toskala incidentally assisted on Mike Rathje's (SJ) second goal of the game, followed by an unassisted goal by Alexander Korolyuk (SJ). Vincent Damphousse (SJ) would go on to score two more goals to register a hat trick, and Patrick Marleau would score his season-high fourth goal of the game to give the Sharks a 14-1 victory.
The Red Wings outshot the Sharks 33-30, but San Jose converted on 5/6 powerplays, matching their highest powerplay goals scored in a single game this season. The players selected as the three stars of the game were:
3) Vesa Toskala (SJ) made 32 saves on 33 shots (96%)
2) Vincent Damphousse (SJ) registered 3 goals, zero assists and +2
1) Patrick Marleau (SJ) registered four goals, two assists and +4
San Jose Sharks 14
Detroit Red Wings 1
The Sharks will continue their homestand against the Calgary Flames, whom the Sharks are 3-0-0 against this season. The last meeting between the two teams was a back-and-forth matchup and gave the Sharks only their second overtime victory of the season. The game is scheduled to be broadcast tomorrow, Thursday, May 28th at 7:00PM Pacific Standard Time.