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Wings pour it on Sharks in Game 5

Saturday, 05.5.2007 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Wings pour it on Sharks in Game 5
By The Associated Press

Chelios and Joe Thornton exchange some greetings.
DETROIT -- Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg each scored a goal and had two assists Saturday, leading the Red Wings past the San Jose Sharks, 4-1, and within one victory of reaching the Western Conference finals.

Detroit is ahead 3-2 and can close this conference semifinal Monday night in San Jose.

The Red Wings outhit and outshot the Sharks in Game 5, but they also had some luck.

Datsyuk turned San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov's misplay into the winning goal late in the second period, and Nabokov didn't seem the same after that, surrendering a pair of third-period power-play goals.

With the Sharks circling in the Red Wings zone, Detroit cleared the puck into San Jose territory. Nabokov left the goal to play the puck, but sent it straight into a charging Datsyuk. He scooped it up and sent it into an open net with 3:47 to play in the second.

Less than two minutes earlier, Nabokov robbed Datsyuk of a goal by gloving his shot from close range.

Detroit, the top seed in the West, twice has come back from two-goal deficits to win games in this series, but needed only to erase a one-goal San Jose lead Saturday.

Unfortunately for the Sharks, blowing leads is becoming something of a habit. A year ago, they lost a 2-0 series lead over Edmonton in the conference semifinals.

Mikael Samuelsson added an insurance goal nearly four minutes into the final period, slapping a one-timer past Nabokov. Zetterberg and Datsyuk set up Samuelsson's first goal of the playoffs.

Tomas Holmstrom concluded the scoring, converting Zetterberg's centering pass at 13:46 left in the third. Datsyuk also picked up an assist on the play.

Detroit had evened the score at 1 three minutes into the second period on Zetterberg's fourth goal of the postseason. Nicklas Lidstrom's shot from the point trickled to Holmstrom, who slid it through the crease to Zetterberg, and he flipped it above a sprawling Nabokov.

Marcel Goc opened the scoring on what looked to be a harmless wrist shot. Mike Grier rushed the puck up the ice, sent a pass to Goc between the left circle and the blue line. Goc floated the shot in, beating Dominik Hasek inside the far post with 15:07 left in the first period. Hasek was not squared up to Goc and appeared to misread the angle of the shot.

Hasek was perfect after yielding Goc's goal, turning aside 23 shots and proving again how valuable he is to the Wings. Instead of retiring last summer when Ottawa didn't want him back, the two-time MVP and six-time Vezina Trophy winner returned to play for Detroit after helping it win a Stanley Cup in 2002.

Hasek and the Wings pulled off their strong effort on Saturday despite playing short-handed on defense much of the game.

Defenseman Mathieu Schneider injured his forearm during the first period, knocking him out of the game. Schneider, who scored the overtime goal in San Jose on Wednesday that evened the series at 2, was hurt when checked by Sharks captain Patrick Marleau.

The Wings already were ailing on defense, with Brett Lebda out with an ankle injury. Rookie Kyle Quincey took Lebda's spot in the lineup. Lebda was scratched despite practicing Friday for the first time since injuring his ankle April 21 in the opening playoff series against Calgary.

GAME NOTES: Sharks forward Bill Guerin did not play in Game 5 after a deflected shot seriously cut his face in Game 4. Rookie center Joe Pavelski took Guerin's spot in the lineup. ... Detroit has outshot its opponent in all 11 playoff games. ... Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo's three-game goal-scoring streak and center Joe Thornton's seven-game assist streak both ended Saturday.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80