San Jose Sharks
First Period_1, Detroit, Kronwall 5 (Datsyuk, Lidstrom)
Just when you thought the Wings were back to normal, winning 4 games in a row and scoring a combined 18 goals in that span, the team has now hit the road and has now lost a couple straight, the latest to the Sharks on Thursday night 5-2.
How did the Sharks celebrate?
Nicklas Lidstrom said he will take his time to decide whether to return next season or retire.
Entering Game 7, it was clear which team would have the advantage in the intangibles: experience, momentum, poise, etc. Those all belonged to the Red Wings. And it showed. They were the veteran group comfortable in the spotlight as they had been there so many times before.
A long time ago, a sportswriter named Grantland Rice wrote about how it isn’t whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.
After receiving the brunt of the criticism as San Jose squandered three chances to close out the Detroit Red Wings, Patrick Marleau ended up with the game-winning goal and much of the credit when the Sharks finally made it through the second round.
The Red Wings were missing too much size and too much scoring punch on Thursday. They battled hard until the end, but in the end, they didn’t have enough healthy bodies to overcome a huge deficit.
So much talk before a deciding game 7 finally came to an end at about 9:07pm Eastern Standard time when the Sharks and Wings dropped the puck for the deciding game of an amazing second series.
Patrick Marleau got his first point of the series when he knocked home a rebound with 7:47 to play and the San Jose Sharks finally managed to knock out the Detroit Red Wings on their fourth try with a 3-2 victory Thursday night in Game 7 of their Western Conference semifinal series.