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Sharks 9, Red Wings 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:48 AM

Associated Press

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Sharks 9, Red Wings 4
Detroit Red Wings 4, San Jose Sharks 9

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -The San Jose Sharks were three goals down, and their starting goalie had been lifted. Then Josh Gorges took a shot that was sailing wide - and it somehow caught the top end of Dominik Hasek's stick and caromed into the net.

One bizarre bounce triggered an avalanche of goals - nine straight, to be exact - on a revitalizing, record-setting night for the Sharks and Patrick Marleau, their steady captain.

Marleau had a goal and three assists while becoming San Jose's career scoring leader, and Joe Thornton contributed four assists during the Sharks' rally from a three-goal deficit to a 9-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

The Red Wings played without veteran defenseman Chris Chelios, who is indefinitely sidelined while he deals with the stabbing deaths of two employees in his Detroit sports bar.

The Sharks were careful not to celebrate too much after turning a potentially miserable night into a remarkable success. They trailed 3-0 late in the first period, and goalie Evgeni Nabokov was pulled in a move to stir a somnolent team that woke up with two outstanding periods - particularly on the power play.

"We didn't want to let up," said Gorges, whose lucky bounce led to his first NHL goal in 79 career games. "Most nights, something like that isn't going to happen. It was a special night. You can't really explain how that happened."

Mike Grier scored two of the Sharks' franchise-record six power-play goals, including five in the third period during the longest one-game scoring rally in team history. Both power-play totals were the most ever allowed in Detroit's lengthy hockey history.

"We worked hard and drew penalties, and then our power play was phenomenal," Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. "I don't understand it, to be honest with you. It has to be two things: Your power play is having an on night, and their penalty killing is having an off night."

The charge was led by Marleau, who has 454 points in a career spent entirely with the Sharks. He roared past Owen Nolan's career record of 451 early in the third period with his second assist.

"It's nice to get recognized like that, and that it came in a win, that makes it much better," said San Jose's captain, who's also one goal shy of Nolan's franchise record of 206.

Ryane Clowe scored two goals, and Jonathan Cheechoo, Christian Ehrhoff and rookie Joe Pavelski each had a goal and an assist as the Sharks snapped Detroit's four-game winning streak with their second straight victory following a skid of five losses in seven games.

The Sharks befuddled Hasek, who hadn't given up more than five goals in a game since March 15, 2000, also in San Jose - a span of 229 games. The two-time NHL MVP made 20 saves before finally getting pulled after Grier's second goal, and Chris Osgood gave up Clowe's final score.

"I have no explanation," Hasek said. "I don't know what to say about it. ... We were up 3-1. Everything was fine. They scored three power-play goals, and it all fell apart. We didn't think it could get any worse on their power play, and it did."

Brett Lebda added a late goal, but the Red Wings' first regulation loss in eight games was a disaster in the opener of a five-game West Coast road trip.

"It was a tough night," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. "We haven't played like that in I don't know how long. We weren't competitive at all after the first period. ... We got humbled beyond belief. Now we get a chance to rebound."

Jiri Hudler, Tomas Holmstrom and Jason Williams scored first-period goals to chase Nabokov, though Wilson made the move strictly for the psychological effect on his team.

Vesa Toskala made 17 saves after relieving Nabokov in the first period, but the Sharks made his job easy. Detroit hadn't given up more than six goals in a game this season, but the Red Wings also gave up five power-play goals to the Sharks in their first visit to the Shark Tank this season on Oct. 19.

"It's almost funny," said Hasek, who could only personally compare it to an 11-4 loss in the Czech league in the mid-1990s. "I thought seven was enough, and then I made a save, and the next shot was a goal."

Notes: Detroit also played without top-line forward Pavel Datsyuk, who missed his second game with an upper-body injury. ... Nabokov also was pulled after giving up three goals on six shots in the first 15 minutes of the Sharks' 8-0 loss at Phoenix. ... Clowe missed nine games with a groin injury. ... San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith attended the game.

scoring summary
1st Period
03:18
DET
Jiri Hudler (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Niklas Kronwall (8)
1 - 0 DET
08:47
DET
PPG - Tomas Holmstrom (8) Tip-in - ASST: Mathieu Schneider (25), Henrik Zetterberg (12)
2 - 0 DET
11:20
DET
Jason Williams (7) Snap shot - ASST: NONE
3 - 0 DET
14:24
SJS
Josh Gorges (1) Tip-in - ASST: Joe Thornton (36), Michael Grier (6)
3 - 1 DET
2nd Period
04:53
SJS
PPG - Jonathan Cheechoo (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Joe Pavelski (6), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (9)
3 - 2 DET
06:16
SJS
Ryane Clowe (4) Wrist shot - ASST: Marcel Goc (5), Curtis Brown (7)
3 - 3 Tie
14:09
SJS
Christian Ehrhoff (8) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Thornton (37), Patrick Marleau (21)
4 - 3 SJS
16:54
SJS
PPG - Joe Pavelski (9) Wrap-around - ASST: Jonathan Cheechoo (13), Milan Michalek (21)
5 - 3 SJS
3rd Period
06:03
SJS
PPG - Michael Grier (8) Slapshot - ASST: Patrick Marleau (22), Joe Thornton (38)
6 - 3 SJS
07:26
SJS
PPG - Patrick Marleau (18) Slapshot - ASST: Joe Thornton (39), Christian Ehrhoff (9)
7 - 3 SJS
11:38
SJS
PPG - Michael Grier (9) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrick Marleau (23), Scott Hannan (11)
8 - 3 SJS
15:06
SJS
PPG - Ryane Clowe (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Douglas Murray (1), Patrick Rissmiller (9)
9 - 3 SJS
18:18
DET
Brett Lebda (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Johan Franzen (10), Kris Draper (9)
9 - 4 SJS
penalty summary
1st Period
07:31
SJS
Michael Grier  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
17:03
DET
Valtteri Filppula  Hooking against  Patrick Rissmiller
2nd Period
03:33
DET
Jiri Hudler  Hooking against  Marc-Edouard Vlasic
08:10
DET
Jason Williams  Hooking against  Patrick Marleau
09:59
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Holding
11:21
SJS
Marcel Goc  Hooking against  Henrik Zetterberg
16:20
DET
Nicklas Lidstrom  Holding against  Joe Thornton
3rd Period
02:56
SJS
Patrick Marleau  Hooking
04:41
DET
Jiri Hudler  Hooking against  Curtis Brown
06:04
DET
Kris Draper  Holding the stick
07:01
DET
Danny Markov  Slashing
07:45
SJS
Michael Grier  Interference
11:02
DET
Kirk Maltby  Hi-sticking
14:05
DET
Danny Markov  Hooking against  Marcel Goc
16:01
SJS
Douglas Murray  Cross checking against  Henrik Zetterberg
19:41
SJS
Kyle McLaren  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
goalie stats
Chris Osgood
SA: 3TOI: 8:22
Saves: 2EV: 2 - 2
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 1
SV%: .667SH: 0 - 0
Dominik Hasek
SA: 28TOI: 51:38
Saves: 20EV: 15 - 18
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 10
SV%: .714SH: 0 - 0
Evgeni Nabokov
SA: 12TOI: 11:20
Saves: 9EV: 8 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .750SH: 0 - 0
Vesa Toskala
Vesa Toskala
SA: 18TOI: 48:21
Saves: 17EV: 13 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .944SH: 1 - 1

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