The Detroit Red Wings and the San Jose Sharks will go to a seventh game in the Western Conference Semi-Final Thursday at the HP Pavilion.
Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, the Detroit Red Wings defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-1.
On Thursday, the Red Wings will try to become only the fourth team in NHL history to come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series, and join the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs, 1975 New York Islanders and 2010 Philadelphia Flyers in making hockey history.
The Red Wings were by far the better team Tuesday and should have beaten the Sharks by a wider score than 3-1. Daniel Cleary missed two wide open nets (hurt me in the hockey pool).
Goaltender Jimmy Howard wasn’t completely tested throughout the evening, but did make 24 saves on 25 shots. One of Howard’s most spectacular glove saves came from a Shark shot that was going wide anyways.
San Jose seemed to miss Ryane Clowe, who is becoming an elite power forward. Clowe, who leads the Sharks with 13 playoff points, seemed to have suffered an upper body injury from a hit by Niklas Kronwall, but according to TSN, Sharks’ head coach Todd McLellan stated that was not the case. There is also a rumor, according to Rotowire that Clowe only has the flu. So, this seems to be an undisclosed injury. Surprise, surprise come playoff time.
Game seven takes place Thursday at 7pm Mountain Time on TSN.