Posted February 28, 2013 on AP on Fox
The San Jose Sharks may be relieved to end February, but they'd like to do it in positive fashion. Taking the ice at home against the struggling Detroit Red Wings should help. The Sharks go for back-to-back wins for the first time this month on Thursday night when they attempt to continue their home success against the Red Wings. San Jose (9-6-3) has gone 2-6-3 this month, scoring 15 goals in that span after totaling 29 during a franchise-best 7-0-0 start. Going 3 for 51 on the power play in February is one of the major problems. "We're not scoring as much as we'd like, and we're trying to fix that," coach Todd McLellan said. "Some of that comes through the power play, and we're trying to fix that." The Sharks are also proving to be much better at home, going 6-1-2 while dropping six of their last seven on the road. "The level of play has been better at home than it has been on the road, and it's as simple as that," McLellan said. "We've been able to find that extra point here at home more often than on the road." San Jose did that again Tuesday, beating Colorado 3-2 in a shootout to open this three-game homestand, which concludes Saturday versus Nashville. The Sharks may be in solid position to close out the month with consecutive wins since they've won nine of the last 11 home meetings with the Red Wings (9-8-3), including the playoffs. They've taken six of seven overall during the regular season, including three in a row at HP Pavilion. Patrick Marleau, who converted the decisive shootout attempt Tuesday, and Joe Thornton have routinely factored in the scoring against Detroit. Marleau has 34 points in 28 career regular-season home meetings, tallying six in the past five overall matchups. The venue hasn't mattered much to Thornton, who has 29 points in the last 22 games. The captain leads the Sharks with 19 points, one more than Marleau. However, they've combined for one assist over the past five home games. Ryane Clowe, still seeking his first goal of the season, is scheduled to return from his two-game suspension for instigating a fight late in Friday's 2-1 loss at Chicago. The Red Wings are 2-4-2 on the road, and have dropped six of eight overall after giving up a pair of third-period goals to fall 2-1 at Los Angeles on Wednesday. "I've got to give us a chance to win, but it wasn't enough," said Jimmy Howard, who had 27 saves. "We were playing a great road game there. We were just grinding it out and making smart plays. (But it) doesn't matter who you play, you can't be giving up three 5-on-3s." Howard may be back in net, but he's 1-3-1 with a 3.61 goals-against average in six road games, getting pulled in two of them. He's also struggled lately against the Sharks, going 0-4-1 with a 4.06 GAA in his last five matchups. Henrik Zetterberg leads Detroit with 25 points, but he has just six - all assists - on the road and was held pointless by the Kings. The center has 52 points in 52 career games versus San Jose, including the postseason.

Blooper: Joe Thornton has puck on his what?

Usually our broadcast bloopers involve a typo or an error in a graphic during an NHL game. This time we switch things up, highlighting an incredible slip of the tongue during Comcast SportsNet's coverage of the Sharks and Avalanche on Feb. 26.  Where exactly did Joe Thornton have the puck?  To be fair, the sentence blurs a bit together here. Clearly, the intended word...

Joe Thornton has the puck on his... what?

This is why it's always important for announcers to enunciate words.  At a recent Sharks-Avalanche game, just listen to how Sharks analyst Drew Remenda describes this replay involving Joe Thornton.  Because "his stick" can blend together and actually sound like something else.  Something else that would be pretty disturbing to see on the ice! (via Puck Drunk Love)

Cam Gore: Supporting cast comes through for Sharks

The Sharks needed a better effort to climb their way into the win column, and with a number of contributors tonight they were able to put two points in the bank in a 3-2 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche. The story tonight was Logan Couture filling the net 0:25 seconds into the game, T.J Galiardi’s first goal of the season, Semyon Varlamov’s brilliance in net...

Broadcast Blooper: “Joe Thornton has the puck on his d**k”

On February 26th, during the San Jose Sharks-Colorado Avalanche game Comcast SportsNet’s broadcaster had a bit of a slip of the tongue.  Clearly he meant to say “his stick,” but it blended together a little bit more than he would have liked and it came out “his d*ck.”  I gotta say, it would be much harder to play hockey that way. [Puck Drunk Love]

Red Wings beat Sharks 2-1 in shootout

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Damen Brunner scored the lone goal in the shootout and Jonas Gustavsson stopped all three shots in his first start of the season to lead the Detroit Red Wings to their third win in four games, 2-1 over the struggling San Jose Sharks on Thursday night. Patrick Eaves scored the equalizer midway through the third period and Gustavsson made 25 saves to get his...

Red Wings’ Wins Hit Double-Digits, 2-1 Over Sharks

    The Red Wings hold out for a much needed 2 – 1 shootout victory over the San Jose Sharks. A very, very defensive game at both ends of the ice made this almost the lowest of low scoring games. The Red Wings’ only power play of the period was not converted on thanks [...]

A Familiar Face In A Different Place

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Red Wings Try To Bounce Back Against Sharks

[singlepic id=93 w=484 h=100 float=center]   Matchup: Detroit Red Wings vs. San Jose Sharks Venue: HP Pavilion; San Jose, California Time: 10:30 pm EST Television: Detroit- FS-Detroit; San Jose- CSN-California   Usually when the Detroit Red Wings (9-8-3, 21 points, 8th place Western Conference) and San Jose Sharks (9-6-3, 21 points, 8th place Western Conference...
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