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The Detroit Red Wings gave up three quick goals before battling back to lose to the San Jose Sharks 4-3.
Joe Pavelski broke open the score sheet tonight for San Jose before Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi added to the lead within a minute and a half. Dan Cleary cut into that lead with Detroit’s first goal. In the second period, Johan Franzen cut the advantage to one before Pavelski scored his second of the night early in the third. Brian Rafalski scored right afterwards, but no one else netted a puck again.
The Red Wings got caught early in the first after giving up a powerplay goal and found themselves in a quick 3 goal disadvantage. Afterwards this game was mostly the Red Wings. Detroit dominated the face-off circle in the final two periods and Evgeni Nabokov didn’t look great after the first either. San Jose was without Patrick Marleau, one of their top three forwards, tonight. Marleau missed the game because of an illness.
In Play! Man of the Game: Joe Pavelski. Pavelski was the only Shark who seemed to never have a bad shift. He finished the night with three points but didn’t contribute to San Jose’s minus-5 team rating.
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