Jan 9, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski (8) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Game Recap | Detroit Red Wings: 1 - San Jose Sharks: 4

This was a rough game for the Detroit Red Wings and they had four days to prepare for tonight’s game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Detroit Red Wings did not have a great start to first period and allowed the Sharks to take an early 1 goal lead. But once Tomas Tatar scored, with a great personal effort, it looked like the Wings were back and the engine was in motion.

The second period was NOT a good period for Detroit, whatever momentum they built up at the end of the first disappeared at the beginning of the second. All of the big saves by Jimmy Howard, all of the great defensive plays, and even the scoring; it was all gone for Detroit and the Sharks preyed on the Wings to the tune of 3 goals.

In the third period, Petr Mrazek replaced Jimmy Howard in net for Detroit and it was a move the Mike Babcock had to make. The defense tightened up for Detroit and had some good power play chances, but nothing materialized for Detroit and they dropped their first of three California games.

Now to the bullet points:

  • Jimmy Howard received the start in net and after the first period it looked like he was going to have another great game for Detroit, but in the second he let in two poor goals.
  • Those goals are not all on Howard though, Jakub Kindl did a poor job defending on the second goal by letting the puck and the man get behind him. He has to take one or both, but neither is not an option.
  • Petr Mrazek saw 20 minutes of action in the game and once he jumped in net the defense noticeably tightened up to try to help out the young goalie.
  • On the other side of the rink,  Antti Niemi did not have to make too many difficult saves in net, thanks to his defense blocking shot and the Wings not putting enough pressure on him.
  • On a different note, why was Mikael Samuelsson playing on the third line over Daniel Cleary or Patrick Eaves?
  • I know Cleary has not made a good impression this season, but he has to be better than Samuelsson and Eaves definitely is.
  • So far every game I have recap this season has had iffy calls in them and tonight is no different; Kyle Quincey was sent to the box twice thanks to two awful decisions by the referees.
  • On the first penalty, Tyler Kennedy earn a perfect score on his dive from the judges and on the second one, Quincey was giving a very weak tripping penalty, which is almost never called.
  • Quincey got his revenge on Kennedy late in the third period in a fight. Quincey got a couple good shots in and took him to the ground, I like this Quincey.
  • Todd Bertuzzi did not like the Kyle Quincey was having all the fun and decided to mix it up after the whistle, but the ref jumped in to stop anything from happening and Wingels tossed some cheep ones around the refs body.
  • Just before the game ended, Daniel Cleary got his hand up high on Scott Hannan and caught his chin; Cleary could be hearing from Shanahan soon.

This game was not a good one for the Wings and mixing it up at the end was an effort to change-up the momentum for the rest of the road trip, which does not get any easier for Detroit. They take on the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings over the weekend and the fly to NYC to take on the New York Rangers. For those in the Los Angeles area on Saturday, get your Red Wings vs Kings tickets here.

I hope you guys enjoyed this recap of the Red Wings game against the Sharks. Take care and thanks for reading.

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