Final Score: San Jose 1, Detroit 0 (SO)
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Logan Couture's goal in the second round of
the shootout was the only time the puck found the back of the net as the San
Jose Sharks took a 1-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.
In the second round, Couture skated in on Jimmy Howard and deked back to the
forehand before snapping the puck into the left corner.
Todd Bertuzzi had the last chance for Detroit and beat Antti Niemi to the left
side. Bertuzzi lifted the rolling puck from a sharp angle and appeared to have
an open net, but Niemi was able to lift his right pad and stop the puck for
Niemi posted his first shutout of the season and 24th of his career to help
the Sharks win for an eighth time in nine games this season.
"It's nice to win in the shootout because we lost one in Dallas," said
Couture. "Niemi really had a great night out there, and that last save he made
Howard was credited with his 17th career shutout and first of the season for
the Red Wings, who have dropped their past two games.
"That was two really good teams playing some great defense out there," said
Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "Scoring chances were very few on both sides
of the ice."
San Jose skated twice on the power play in the first period, but only managed
seven shots on Howard. Detroit skated on the man advantage once in the frame
and had four shots.
A busy second period saw Howard stop 12 shots and kill off one penalty, while
Niemi turned away seven shots.
San Jose killed off a late power play in the third period as Niemi made 12
stops in the frame and one in the extra session, while Howard made eight saves
in the final 25 minutes.
San Jose's only loss this year came in a shootout against Dallas on Oct. 17
... Detroit hosts Ottawa on Wednesday ... San Jose continues its five-game
road trip in Boston on Thursday ... The Sharks took two of three from the Red
Wings last season.
10/22 00:46:07 ET
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