DETROIT -- Ty Conklin made 24 saves for his sixth NHL shutout and Pavel Datsyuk had two goals and two assists to lift the Red Wings to a 6-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
San Jose has the NHL's best record (25-4-3), but the Sharks lost for the second straight night. They fell at Columbus 2-1 in overtime on Wednesday. The defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings have the second-best record in the Western Conference (21-6-4).
Evgeni Nabokov stopped 22 shots for San Jose.
Detroit scored on successive shots in a span of 1:27 late in the first period to take a
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2-0 lead after San Jose had carried most of the play to that point.
Franzen opened the scoring with 5:29 left in the first with his 14th goal. He beat Nabokov over his glove with a wrist shot from the high slot on the rush. Datsyuk also scored from the high slot, putting a wrist shot between Nabokov's pads with 4:02 left.
Hossa made it 3-0 at 9:18 of the second period when he snapped a one-timer off Nabokov's blocker and into the top of the net from the high slot. It was Hossa's 17th goal.
Filppula got his fifth goal, 7:25 into the second period, when he tapped a cross-crease pass into the empty net.
Datsyuk's second of the game and 10th of the season came with 7:31 left.
Stuart scored his first of the season with 3:31 remaining.
GAME NOTES: Sharks head coach Todd McLellan was an assistant with Detroit the previous three seasons. ... Detroit G Chris Osgood didn't play because of a sore groin. ... San Jose RW Jonathan returned after missing eight games with an upper body injury. ... Sharks C Joe Pavelski came back after sitting out two games due to a lower body injury. ... The Red Wings are in talks with the NHL about the possibility of opening next season in Stockholm, Sweden, with a game against the St. Louis Blues. Detroit has seven players from Sweden. ... The Sharks are on pace to challenge Detroit's NHL record of 62 wins in a season in 1995-96 and the Montreal Canadiens' mark of 132 points in 1976-77. ... San Jose defeated Detroit 4-2 in San Jose on Oct. 30.
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