Western Conference Semifinals, Game 2 (5/1/11)

The Red Wings and the Sharks played game two this afternoon. Jimmy Howard and Antti Niemi were the starting goaltenders once again.

The Sharks dominated the game today. The Red Wings didn’t really look effective at all until the third period. The Sharks did a great job of shutting down the Wings. They disrupted the Red Wings game, and got lots more shots on goal. The shot total ended up being pretty close by the end but that was a little bit misleading because in the second period the Sharks had 19 shots to the Red Wings’ 9. Detroit also took a lot of penalties and San Jose’s first goal was scored on the power play.

Jimmy Howard was excellent in net but the Red Wings offensive production was all but eliminated by the Sharks.

The goal scorers were Ian White and Niclas Wallin for the Sharks. Zetterberg finally scored one for the Wings well past the halfway point of the third period. It was a nice goal but they weren’t able to get another one to tie the game.

The series now heads back to Detroit for game three. Hopefully, the Wings can build on the production they had at the tail end of this game and get the series back to even. They’re going to have to find a way to get around the Shark’s defense because so far they’ve been nearly perfect.

This 1-2 loss brings this Western Conference Semifinal series to 0-2 San Jose.

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