Sharks Wrap Up Homestand With 5-3 Win Over Scuffling Red Wings

March 13, 2018

NHL, San Jose Sharks

sjsharks.com photo: Sharks players celebrate one of five goals against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night at SAP Center in San Jose

By Matthew Harrington

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks had a great opportunity in front of them Monday night and they took advantage. With the Detroit Red Wings, owners of a 26-32-11 record and no hope for the playoffs, visiting the SAP Center, the Sharks turned the paper win into an actual 5-3 win.

The Sharks wrapped up a six-game, eight-point homestand, pushing Anaheim back three points courtesy of a Ducks loss to the St. Louis Blues. The Los Angeles Kings shutout the Canucks Monday to stay two points back of San Jose for second place in the division with 13 games remaining for each team.

Detroit scored the first goal, but San Jose responded with three straight, then three times built two-goal leads to pick up the win over the former Western Conference foe turned Eastern Conference doormat. Joonas Donskoi accounted for the lone Sharks goal from the top line while depth pieces Eric Fehr, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Chris Tierney all also lit the lamp for team teal.

Trevor Daley, a member of the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburg Penguins, lit the lamp for Detroit 5:01 into the 1st period, but San Jose’s response was swift and resounding. First Donskoi scored his 13th goal of the year with 9:05 left in the period, then Eric Fehr tipped home his first goal as a member of the sharks 1:44 later for a 2-1 lead.

Kevin Labanc made sure his March continues to be better than his February, scoring his second goal in five March games after scoring only one in 14 games in the previous month. The rookie winger crashed the net on a Chris Tierney shot, poking a loose puck through Jimmy Howard’s pads for a 3-1 edge 1:39 into the second. Gustav Nyquist responded 5:05 into the middle frame to cut into San Jose’s lead 3-2.

Timo Meier continued his breakout season, extending the lead on a power play goal 5:12 into the 3rd period. Detroit Stalwart Henrik Zetterberg pulled the Winged Wheelers back to within a goal just 41 seconds later, but Chris Tierney’s empty net goal sealed the 5-3 win.

The Sharks leave the friendly confines of home for the dreaded Western Canada road swing. First is a Wednesday tilt in Edmonton then a Friday-Saturday back-to-back against Calgary and Vancouver.

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