San Jose at Detroit

Sharks jump on rusty Hasek, take advantage of slumping Wings wire reports

DETROIT -- The NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings are not getting any breaks to help snap them out of their funk.

Rookie Devin Setoguchi scored midway through the third period after the puck went off the net over the glass. The goal proved to be the game-winner, giving the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 win Friday night over the slumping Red Wings.

"We might've gotten lucky on the third goal," San Jose coach Ron Wilson acknowledged.

Detroit goaltender Dominik Hasek agreed.

"Definitely, it was a mistake," Hasek said. "The officials should've blown the whistle, but no one of the four saw the puck."

No one, in almost two decades, has seen the Red Wings struggle as they have recently.

Detroit has won only one of its last 11 games, slashing into its massive lead in the standings. It's the worst stretch for the Red Wings since a 12-game winless streak from Oct. 21-Nov. 16, 1989.

"I don't want to say there is panic in the room, but you can see disappointment on our faces," Hasek said. "But we still believe we can play the way we did before.

"Of course, we have had injuries, but we don't want to make excuses."

Hasek also didn't want to blame rust for his lackluster performance, playing for the first time in nearly three weeks after being sidelined with a hip injury.

Joe Pavelski scored on the first shot of the game, Setoguchi had a goal 52 seconds into the second period and added the winner in the third.

"The first goal is the one that bothers me for sure," Hasek said. "It was a great wrist shot, but of the three goals, it was the one I should've made the save."

Henrik Zetterberg had his 36th goal and Mikael Samuelsson scored to pull the Red Wings within a goal with 7-plus minutes left, but they couldn't tie the game.

Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves, helping San Jose win a fourth straight game on its eight-game road trip.

"When you hold a team like Detroit to only 22 shots on goal, you've done a helluva job," Wilson said.

Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall played for the first time in a month, returning from a clavicle injury. He set up Zetterberg's power-play goal with a slap pass in the second period.

Setoguchi deflected a shot off the net over the glass behind Hasek. The Red Wings disputed the goal, to no avail.

"I know it popped up somewhere, didn't know where," Setoguchi said. "The next thing I know it comes down on my stick and I put it in."

The rookie wing, recalled Thursday from the minors, scored for the third time this season in his initial game after being called up.

"Every time we bring him up, he's a little bit more of a professional," Wilson said. "Let's hope he doesn't have to go back down."

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said it was unfortunate the officials didn't stop the play when the puck cleared the glass.

"It hit the net, rolled down the boards and rolled out in front," Babcock said. "When you look at the video, it seems real obvious."

Detroit defenseman Brad Stuart, acquired from Los Angeles just before Tuesday's trading deadline, made his debut and provided the hard-hitting presence the Red Wings' depleted blue line needs.

The Red Wings are without three key defensemen: Nicklas Lidstrom (knee), Brian Rafalski (groin) and Chris Chelios (knee).

San Jose started strong despite playing its seventh game of an eight-game road trip.

Pavelski scored 100 seconds into the game, beating Hasek on his glove save perhaps because of his rusty reflexes.

"We got the first goal and seemed to get the momentum," defenseman Craig Rivet said.

The Sharks were also the aggressors early in the second period, putting enough pressure on Hasek to set up Setoguchi on a shot from the slot.

Detroit answered 1 1/2 minutes later on a crafty play, which started with Kronwall's slap pass from above the circles to Zetterberg, who redirected the pass from the inside of the left circle past Nabokov.

Nabokov had help holding onto the lead late in the game when defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic got the shaft of his stick in the perfect place to turn away Zetterberg's shot into an open net.


  • The Sharks had lost the previous three games against Detroit.
  • Stuart is a former Shark.
  • San Jose closes its road trip Saturday at Columbus.
  • Zetterberg ended a three-game scoreless streak with a goal and an assist.
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Joe Thornton and the Sharks pressure Dominik Hasek, who returns from a 3-week hiatus due to injury.  (AP)
Joe Thornton and the Sharks pressure Dominik Hasek, who returns from a 3-week hiatus due to injury. (AP)
San Jose  (35-21-8) «1113
Detroit (42-18-6)0112
Three Stars
D. Setoguchi

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
H. Zetterberg

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
N. Kronwall

Goals: 0
Assist(s): 2

Related Video

Scoring Summary
01:40Joe Pavelski (14), Slap Shot. Assist: Pat Rissmiller
52.0Devin Setoguchi (10), Wrist Shot. Assist: Patrick Marleau
02:26Power Play - Henrik Zetterberg (36), Slap Shot. Assist: Niklas Kronwall, Pavel Datsyuk
09:17Power Play - Devin Setoguchi (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Craig Rivet, Patrick Marleau
12:53Power Play - Mikael Samuelsson (10), Slap Shot. Assist: Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall
Penalty Summary
07:57Cheechoo, 2 min, Holding
15:35Draper, 2 min, Slashing
01:58Roenick, 2 min, Tripping
17:01Meech, 2 min, Hooking
07:32Ericsson, 2 min, Hooking
11:08Nabokov, 2 min, Slashing
12:43Ehrhoff, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
San Jose69621
Evgeni Nabokov60:00202
Dominik Hasek58:55193
Power Play Conversions
Power Play
San Jose1-for-2
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Referees - Paul Devorski, Tom Kowal
Linesmen - Lonnie Cameron, Darren Gibbs
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