San Jose at Detroit

Couture scores twice, Sharks rally to win in Detroit wire reports

DETROIT -- San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan refused to get excited about an impressive victory against the Western Conference-leading Detroit Red Wings.

McLellan has been fooled by the Sharks too many times this season.

Logan Couture had two goals, including the go-ahead tally eight seconds after Niclas Wallin scored, to lift San Jose to a 5-2 victory against Detroit on Monday night.

"The motivation can't be external, it has to be internal in our locker room," McLellan said. "Until we get that, until we make that decision -- and I've said that over and over and over again -- we'll continue to play the way we're playing.

"I don't know when the light is going to go on. They prove to each other on alternating game nights that they can do it."

The Sharks have alternated winning and losing for eight games. Their latest victory moved them out of last place in the Pacific Division.

"They got a good team; I don't think anyone questions that," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "The big thing is, your ups got to be a lot longer than your downs."

Tomas Holmstrom and Johan Franzen each had go-ahead goals in the first period, but the Red Wings couldn't hold either lead. Joe Thornton made it 1-1 late in the first and Dany Heatley gave San Jose a two-goal lead late in the second.

Couture sealed the victory in the third with his second goal.

"We were good for 20 minutes," Babcock said. "The team that worked the hardest and played the hardest won."

"You can't turn over pucks and lose battles and be successful."

San Jose's Antti Niemi made 25 saves. Jimmy Howard had 30 for Detroit.

"We didn't help the goaltender out," Babcock said.

Detroit lost its previous game in overtime after winning four straight and nine of 11. Its only other loss in regulation at home was Oct. 28 against the Phoenix Coyotes.

"Even though our record is still good, it's still disappointing," Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom said.

It looked as though Detroit might roll to another win when Holmstrom was perched in front of the net and redirected Lidstrom's shot into the net during a power play 7:48 into the game.

"I was very disappointed in our group," McLellan said. "The first 10 or 11 minutes, we obviously didn't understand what we were coming into and how good the red and white team has been playing and how good they are at home."

Thornton had scored only once in 15 games and had been held to one shot in three of four games before he put in a short-handed goal during on an odd-man rush with 4:01 left in the first. He was set up by a cross-ice pass from Heatley.

Franzen finished a play in which each of Detroit's five skaters touched the puck. The power-play goal put Detroit ahead 2-1 with 85 seconds remaining in the first.

San Jose snatched the momentum when Wallin and Couture scored eight seconds apart about five minutes into the second period. Heatley made it 4-2 with 1:03 remaining in the second, and Couture ended any comeback hopes for Detroit when his 12th goal gave the Sharks a 5-2 edge with 8:43 left in the game.

"We came out firing in the second and third periods," Thornton said.

The five goals matched a team record at Detroit, tying the total San Jose had in the opening game of the 1994 playoffs when the Sharks advanced for the first time in franchise history.


  • San Jose improved to 11-0-1 when leading after two periods. Detroit fell to 0-9-1 when trailing entering the third.
  • Detroit F Kris Draper, who has played only once this season, was a healthy scratch.
  • Detroit won 5-3 on Nov. 30 at San Jose in the teams' first meeting since the Sharks eliminated the Red Wings in Game 5 of the second round of the playoffs.
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San Jose's Dany Heatley celebrates a teammate's tally during the Sharks' pivotal three-goal second period.  (AP)
San Jose's Dany Heatley celebrates a teammate's tally during the Sharks' pivotal three-goal second period. (AP)
San Jose  (13-9-4) «1315
Detroit (17-5-3)2002
Three Stars
L. Couture

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
D. Heatley

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 1
J. Thornton

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
07:48Power Play - Tomas Holmstrom (8), Tip-In. Assist: Lidstrom, Rafalski
15:59Short - Joe Thornton (7), Wrist Shot. Assist: Heatley
18:35Power Play - Johan Franzen (12), Snap Shot. Assist: Holmstrom, Rafalski
04:53 - Niclas Wallin (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Braun, Mayers
05:01 - Logan Couture (11), Wrist Shot. Assist: Clowe
18:57 - Dany Heatley (13), Wrist Shot. Assist: Murray
11:17 - Logan Couture (12), Tip-In. Assist: Clowe, Joslin
Penalty Summary
07:08Joslin, 2 min, Cross-Checking
10:36Abdelkader, 2 min, Slashing
14:17Joslin, 2 min, Elbowing
17:37Couture, 2 min, Roughing
19:13Thornton, 2 min, Holding
10:25Mayers, 2 min, Holding
12:59Holmstrom, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
02:36Filppula, 2 min, High-Sticking
12:09Franzen, 2 min, Charging
16:54Wallin, 2 min, Interference
Shots On Goal
Antti Niemi59:33252
Jimmy Howard59:39305
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