San Jose avoided a series sweep this season at the hands of Detroit, snagging a 3-2 shootout victory despite the Wings peppering the SJ net with a season-high 52 shots on goal. In his first game back at Joe Louis Arena since suffering a torn ACL in October, forward Johan Franzen put Detroit on the scoreboard first with a power-play tally. San Jose’s Joe Thornton would score 25 seconds later to knot the game up at 1-1. The Sharks took their first lead of the night with 10 seconds remaining in the opening frame. The Red Wings pulled even with San Jose on a blast from forward Jason Williams at the 12:55 mark in the third period to force overtime.
Neither team scored in overtime, pushing the game to Detroit’s 12th shootout of the season. Of the six shooters (three for each team), only Sharks’ Patrick Marleau put the puck in the cage to seal the victory for San Jose. The Wings now hold a 4-8 record in the shootout this year. In games that end after regulation, Detroit is 6-12 this season notes MLive.com.
With the one point last night, Detroit sits 10th in the Western Conference standings with 66 points. The DRW bloggers talk about the loss and the team’s status in the standings: Babcock’s Death Stare, Bingo Bango, DetroitHockey.net, Fight Night at the Joe, On the Wings, Red Wings Blog, Snipe Snipe, Dangle Dangle, The Production Line, The Triple Deke, Unconnected Red Wings Blog, and Winging It In Motown.
In Other News
- The NHL trade freeze goes into effect this afternoon at 3 p.m. EST and with 10 scouts at last night’s game, the rumor mill is running rampant notes The Detroit News. With the impending return of defenseman Andreas Lilja, MLive.com says that the Wings need to make a move to allow room for Lilja under the salary cap.
- MLive.com reports that enforcer Brad May has been placed on waivers to “open a roster spot and clear about $1.2 million from their payroll before activating defenseman Andreas Lilja.”
- TSN reporter Bob McKenzie tweeted that the Wings were putting May on waivers and a “player on LTI to make room for Lilja” (via Kukla’s Korner). Matt at On the Wings speculates that it will be either Niklas Kronwall or Patrick Eaves who will be placed on the long-term injured reserved list.
- The Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski writes about defenseman Brian Rafalski and his role playing for Team USA in the upcoming Winter Olympics.
- Defenseman Niklas Kronwall’s status playing for Team Sweden in the Olympics next week is in doubt. If he does not play tomorrow against Ottawa, MLive.com says that he will likely have to withdraw from playing.
- Michael Rosenberg, a columnist for the Detroit Free Press, talks about the Wings’ goalie situation.
- Former Wings captain and current vice president Steve Yzerman will not participate in the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics tonight in Vancouver, but will fly out later today. The Detroit Free Press takes a look at his journey as the executive director for Team Canada.