Sizzling Sharks sneak past Wings in shootout

The SportsXchange

DETROIT -- The San Jose Sharks proved they can score a lot of goals early this season. On Monday, they showed they can play defense.

Logan Couture scored the only goal in the shootout following a scoreless game, and San Jose earned a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

The Sharks (8-0-1) are the NHL's last undefeated team in regulation, and they have a league-high 39 goals.

"We scored a lot of goals in our first eight games. We're not going to keep scoring like that," Couture said.

Each goalie was credited with a shutout for not allowing a goal in 65 minutes. Antti Niemi, who earned his 24th career shutout, made 24 saves for San Jose. Jimmy Howard, who recorded his 17th shutout, stopped 27 shots for Detroit (6-3-1).

Niemi blanked Detroit for the third time in his career.

The teams put on a defensive clinic, which meant there were few chances.

"Not much space out there. It was very playoff-like," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "Both teams played a prevent-type game. ... It was a chess match, there's no doubt about it. Even on the power play and penalty kills, the teams didn't get a lot of looks."

Howard praised the way his team played without the puck.

"I thought we did a good job on their top guys. We didn't give them a lot of room and space. Another thing that was a positive was we didn't give up a lot of odd-man rushes," Howard said. "That's been an Achilles' heel of late for us. We did a great job of keeping the third man high in the offensive zone, making them come 200 feet. We didn't turn pucks over. It's a good sign."

Tampa Bay Lightning general manager, Team Canada Olympic GM and Red Wings Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman watched the game from the press box. He was likely impressed by the defensive play of anyone he is considering for the Canadian team. He and Detroit coach Mike Babcock, who is Team Canada's coach, and Red Wings GM Ken Holland -- also on the Team Canada management team -- certainly compared notes after the game.

"Every game I play, I try to play the way I want to," Couture said. "I know the Olympic people are watching."

All three Detroit skaters -- Pavel Datsyuk, Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi -- were unsuccessful in the shootout. Bertuzzi made a move and had Niemi down on the ice, but Niemi raised his right pad to knock away Bertuzzi's high shot.

San Jose's Patrick Marleau had his attempt stopped by Howard.

Detroit's Brendan Smith hit the outside of the goal post with 4:57 remaining in regulation.

The tight-checking contest opened up a bit during the middle of the second period with more room and chances for both teams. However, neither team could capitalize, as San Jose held Detroit to 11 shots over the first two periods.

Niemi made a big save on Alfredsson's shot from the bottom of the right circle 7:31 into the second period.

San Jose outshot Detroit 7-4 in a scoreless first period, in which the Red Wings killed off two penalties and the Sharks killed off one.

NOTE: After the game, the Sharks announced they acquired RW Mike Brown from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fourth-round section in the 2014 draft. ... Detroit D Niklas Kronwall missed his second game with a mild concussion suffered Thursday night in Colorado. He was hurt on a hit from behind by Avalanche LW Cody McLeod, who was suspended for five games. Kronwall's defense partner, Jonathan Ericsson, also didn't play Monday because his wife went into labor Sunday night. D Xavier Ouellet was recalled from the Wings' AHL Grand Rapids affiliate. ... San Jose recalled C Freddie Hamilton and C John McCarthy from its AHL Worcester affiliate. The Sharks also assigned F Matt Pelech to Worcester. ... Red Wings G Jonas Gustavsson was selected the NHL's first star for last week. Gustavsson posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in three Detroit wins. Sharks LW Patrick Marleau was the league's third star with three goals and six points. ... The game was the opener of a four-game Eastern road swing for San Jose.
View Comments

Recommended for You

  • CELLPHONE SNOOP DISCOVERS HER BOYFRIEND IS CHEATING

    DEAR ABBY: I have been in a long-distance relationship with "Victor" for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldn't reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype -- Sunday night for me, Monday morning for him. Last February…

    Dear Abby46 mins ago
  • Flight Attendant's Hilarious Safety Instruction Video Goes Viral

    Fasten your seat belts, stow your belongings under your seat and put your electronics in airplane mode. Southwest Airlines' Martha Cobb has a few safety announcements, and a couple of jokes to share as well. The Houston-based flight attendant known as Marty is gaining national attention thanks to a…

    Trending Now
  • Take Professional Looking Photos With Your Phone

    The Nokia Pro Camera setting is just like a digital SLR. Adjust features like white balance, shutter speed & flash. Shoot like a pro with your phone.

    AdChoices NokiaSponsored
  • Walker's brothers to help finish 'Fast & Furious'

    NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Walker's brothers are stepping to help finish filming on "Fast & Furious 7," the film Walker was in the midst of making when he died in November.

    Associated Press
  • View

    Utah woman arrested after dead babies found (16 photos)

    A judge set a $6 million bail for a Utah woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years. State Judge Steven Hansen in Provo set bail at $1 million for each child when Megan Huntsman appeared via video in a Utah courtroom Monday morning. Huntsman, 39, was arrested Sunday on…

    Yahoo News
  • Woman leads police on chase after she forgets $50 on gas station counter

    A deputy intended to do a good deed by following the woman, but after running her tags, learned she was driving with a suspended license.

    Odd News
  • N. Korea officials 'target London salon over Kim haircut ad'

    British police said Tuesday they had intervened after North Korean embassy officials reportedly told a London hairdresser to take down a discount haircuts advert featuring leader Kim Jong-Un. Mo Nabbach said two officials identifying themselves as being from the Stalinist state's mission took…

    AFP
  • Here are all the passwords you need to change right now because of Heartbleed

    By now, we all know what a huge deal Heartbleed is. The massive vulnerability in OpenSSL protocol impacted 66% of all sites on the Internet at the time of its discovery, and now companies are scrambling to fix the issue. Most big companies seem to have done a pretty good job of acting quickly, but…

    BGR News
  • Conjoined Twins Leave Dallas Hospital

    The Ezell Twins Were Successfully Separated 6 Weeks After Birth

    Good Morning America
  • Did You Know Every New Car Has a Secret Price?

    In the market for a new car? Don't pay MSRP. Save yourself both time and money. Find a great low price for your new car before you buy.

    AdChoices CarPriceSecretsSponsored
  • Teacher who ‘ordered a hit’ on 7th grader gets fired

    Florida’s St. Lucie County School Board officially fired veteran teacher Dru Dehart after their investigation found that she encouraged six 8th grade students to beat up 7th grader Radravious Williams, WPTV NewsChannel 5 reports.

    Odd News
  • Crimeans find their new lives in Russia harder than expected

    A month on from their referendum to join Russia, Crimeans ought to be looking north to the mainland with some satisfaction. Kiev is mobilizing troops to oust them, raising the possibility that Russia will respond with military intervention. But for Crimeans, now safely ensconced in Russia's…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Study finds signs of brain changes in pot smokers

    NEW YORK (AP) — A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

    Associated Press
  • Play

    Caught on Tape: Intruder on Surveillance Over Baby's Crib

    Sheriff has released unnerving video of a family home with an intruder and a lesson to all.

    ABC News Videos
  • William, Kate and baby George kick off Australia tour

    Prince William and his wife Kate flew into Sydney on Wednesday with their baby son George to kick off the Australian leg of their tour Down Under. The royals disembarked from an Australian air force 737 under sunny skies after arriving from New Zealand, an AFP photographer said. Eight-month-old…

    AFP42 mins ago
  • What I learned as a liberal talking head on Fox News

    In the fall of 2013, I gave a TED talk on what I learned as a progressive, on-air talking head at Fox News, where I worked for two years before leaving and joining my current home, CNN. After all, one of the most frequent questions I was asked during my time at Fox was how I did it, how I was a fox…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • 12 Best  Family Cars of 2014

    Forget "family car" stereotypes- it's not just minivans anymore! We narrow down the best SUVs, hybrids, sedans, and yes, minivans for your family!

    AdChoices Kelley Blue Book®Sponsored
  • South Dakota mystery solved: Teen girls died in 1971 car crash

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - The remains recovered from a car found overturned in a South Dakota creek last fall have been identified as those of two teenage girls who disappeared in 1971, and no foul play is suspected, authorities said on Tuesday. The girls, Cheryl Miller and Pamela Jackson,…

    Reuters
  • Geologic Wonder: See the Grand Canyon from Space

    Helicopter tours of the Grand Canyon can provide a bird's-eye view of the iconic landmark. But that's nothing compared to what astronauts see as they zip over northern Arizona in the International Space Station. In a new image taken from orbit, the Grand Canyon is visible slicing through the Kaibab…

    LiveScience.com
  • 'DWTS': How Derek Hough Got Between NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani

    In one of the first dramatic moments of this season's "Dancing with the Stars," NeNe Leakes stormed out of a dance rehearsal during the week after she noticed her partner Tony Dovolani was getting a bit jealous. Leakes had danced with Derek Hough the week before during switch-up week and had come…

    ABC News
  • 'Syria rebels get US-made missiles'

    Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad for the first time received at least 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a "Western source," a rebel official told AFP Tuesday. "Moderate, well-organised fighters from the Hazm movement have for the first time received more than 20 TOW…

    AFP
  • Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday.

    Associated Press
  • A look at the NBA playoff picture

    A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and all 16 teams that will head to the postseason this weekend now having clinched their spots:

    Associated Press
  • PCH Winner Could Take Home $5K a Week for Life

    NBC will announce a Publishers Clearing House SuperPrize winner soon, so be sure to get your free entry at PCH.com today!

    AdChoices Publishers Clearing HouseSponsored