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28 SOG
29 SOG
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game recap

San Jose Sharks 2, Detroit Red Wings 3 FINAL OT

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:28 AM

Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- On a team full of aging stars, one of the youngest Detroit Red Wings is playing a big role.

Pavel Datsyuk's goal with 18.8 seconds to go in regulation forced overtime and Brendan Shanahan scored with 1:09 left in the extra period to give Detroit a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Datsyuk, a 25-year-old Russian, has 19 goals and 21 assists to rank among the NHL's scoring leaders.

"In my mind, he's one of the top two or three players in the league," said Curtis Joseph, who made 26 saves for the Red Wings.

Datsyuk has scored 11 goals in the last nine games, but he's not ready to think of himself as one of the NHL's best.

"Maybe if I keep going for 30 years," he said.

The Red Wings were able to win their sixth straight at home in part because Nils Ekman was called for high-sticking with 30 seconds left in regulation.

"We could see it from the bench and you almost laugh," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "What can you do? You end up losing the game because of a mediocre call."

Brett Hull extended his point streak to 12 games with an assist on Datsyuk's goal.

Henrik Zetterberg, in his first game since breaking his left leg on Nov. 3, had a goal and two assists. He skated with the puck from the left circle to the right circle, then fed Shanahan with a perfect pass just below the left circle for the winner.

"The biggest thing is I felt good, and the leg held up" Zetterberg said.

Joseph improved to 4-1 in his fifth straight start. He made 26 saves, including two in the final seconds of regulation.

Joseph has been playing regularly because Dominik Hasek has been out with a groin injury and Manny Legace has been slowed by a knee injury.

The Red Wings have been trying to trade Joseph since Hasek ended his retirement this summer. They have put him on waivers twice, but no team has been willing to take him and his $8 million salary.

"That's one of the things you have to forget about," Joseph said. "A lot of things can be distractions if you let them be."

Scott Thornton, who was without a goal since Nov. 6, gave San Jose a 2-1 lead early in the third period. Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves for the Sharks, who lost for just the third time in 14 games.

San Jose's Marco Sturm scored his team-high 10th goal early in the second, on power play with a two-man advantage.

The Western Conference-leading Red Wings have won nine of 12.

"They're really on a tear, but for 59 minutes, we did a great job," Thornton said.

Zetterberg gave Detroit a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Despite his three-point game, all Zetterberg wanted to talk about was Datsyuk, his dazzling teammate.

"If he's not the best player in the league, he's one of them," Zetterberg said. "It's a pleasure to be out there with him. There's not that many guys in this league that have the talent he has."

scoring summary
1st Period
18:41
DET
Henrik Zetterberg (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Brendan Shanahan (14), Mark Mowers (7)
1 - 0 DET
2nd Period
03:28
SJS
PPG - Marco Sturm (10) Snap shot - ASST: Mike Ricci (9), Mike Rathje (5)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
03:14
SJS
Scott Thornton (5) Snap shot - ASST: Wayne Primeau (8), Jonathan Cheechoo (6)
2 - 1 SJS
19:41
DET
PPG - Pavel Datsyuk (19) Wrist shot - ASST: Brett Hull (20), Henrik Zetterberg (6)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
03:51
DET
Brendan Shanahan (14) Snap shot - ASST: Henrik Zetterberg (7), Nicklas Lidstrom (14)
3 - 2 DET
penalty summary
1st Period
04:48
DET
Mathieu Dandenault  Hooking against  Kyle McLaren
13:08
SJS
Mike Ricci  Holding against  Boyd Devereaux
2nd Period
00:49
DET
Jiri Fischer  Holding stick - Obstruction against  Jonathan Cheechoo
01:39
DET
Mathieu Schneider  Hi-sticking against  Christian Ehrhoff
03:04
DET
Jiri Fischer  Interference on goalkeeper against  Evgeni Nabokov
05:27
SJS
Nisse Ekman  Hi-sticking against  Nicklas Lidstrom
09:49
DET
Darryl Bootland  Interference against  Scott Parker
09:49
SJS
Scott Parker  Roughing against  Darryl Bootland
14:02
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Hooking against  Brett Hull
3rd Period
05:43
SJS
Scott Parker  Roughing against  Kirk Maltby
19:30
SJS
Nisse Ekman  Hi-sticking against  Brendan Shanahan
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 29TOI: 63:51
Saves: 26EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 8
SV%: .897SH: 0 - 0
Curtis Joseph
SA: 28TOI: 63:00
Saves: 26EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0

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