Red Wings Vs. Sharks, Game 1: Benn Ferriero's Overtime Goal Gives San Jose 2-1 Win

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Red Wings Vs. Sharks Final Score: Benn Ferriero's Overtime Goal Gives San Jose 2-1 Win

The Detroit Red Wings began overtime on the wrong foot as Justin Abdelkader was sent to the box for a high-sticking penalty after catching Niclas Wallinin the face, resulting in a four-minute double-minor. Just a few minutes into overtime, the Red Wings were down a man and in deep trouble against the San Jose Sharks in Game 1. But the Red Wings survived the penalty, only to give up the game-winning goal just seconds after the penalty ended as Benn Ferriero buried a shot to give the Sharks a 2-1 win.

With both sides at full-strength, Ferriero stole the puck back in the Wings' zone, unleashed a wrist-shot and beat Jimmy Howard through the five-hole. The shot appeared to deflect off a stick on the way to the net, but just had enough on it to get past Howard. Logan Couture and Dan Boyle were credited with the assists.

The Red Wings took the early lead in the first period Nicklas Lidstrom's goal. The Sharks were able to answer in the third period on Joe Pavelski's game-tying goal and the 1-1 tie held as Game 1 headed to overtime. Ferriero finished it off, capping what may have been a perfect birthday.

With the win, the Sharks took a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday in San Jose.

For more on the series, check in with FTF and our Wings blog, Winging It In Motown.

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Red Wings Vs. Sharks Score: Joe Pavelski Forces Overtime With Third Period Goal

We're headed to overtime in Game 1 of the NHL playoff series between the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks. The Red Wings entered the third period clinging to a 1-0 lead after Nicklas Lidstrom's first period goal, but the Sharks had been knocking at the doorstep all game long. When the dam finally broke, the Red Wings were unable to answer again and the third period ended with the score tied at one.

After Todd Bertuzzi was sent to the box for boarding midway through the period, Joe Pavelski took advantage, beating Jimmy Howard to level the score at one. Pavelski swatted a rebound out of the air and Howard was unable to recover as San Jose broke the scoreless drought and prevented the shutout. Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle were credited with the assists.

The Sharks had plenty of chances with time winding down, but were unable to find the net and take home the regulation win. When a last-gasp chance resulted in a Detroit clearance, the final horn sounded, ensuring overtime in Game 1.

For more on the series, check in with FTF and our Wings blog, Winging It In Motown.

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Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen Ready To Go In Game 1 Vs. Sharks

Henrik Zetterberg didn't sniff the ice in the Detroit Red Wings first round series against the Phoenix Coyotes, but as the Wings get set to face off against the San Jose Sharks in round two, he's fresh and ready to go.

Head coach Mike Babcock announced prior to Game 1 that Zetterberg and Johan Franzen are ready to go. Franzen suffered an ankle issue in the Coyotes series and didn't play in the final game of that series.

Via NHL.com's Dave Lozo:

Getting nine days of rest has paid off in a major way for the Detroit Red Wings, who will welcome back Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen to the lineup for Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal-round series with the San Jose Sharks.    

Mike Modano, signed by the Wings just for this time of year, will be a healthy scratch just as he was in Game 1 against Phoenix. Kris Draper will also sit for Detroit. 

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Red Wings Vs. Sharks, Game 1: Detroit Expects More Punch From Battle-Tested San Jose

It's a rematch of the same series from a year ago, and on Friday night when the Detroit Red Wings enter HP Pavilion to battle the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Semifinal, they'll look to get revenge for a quick, five-game postseason exit in 2010.

Detroit looked dominate in the first round against the Phoenix Coyotes, rolling to a sweep in more-than-convincing fashion. But let's not mistake the Coyotes, who needed to rely on goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov in the first round and instead got a miserable performance from him, with the Sharks.

San Jose boasts a ton of strength in their attack, but the one question mark is in still in goal. Antti Niemi didn't have the best of first rounds, and as Fear The Fin writes, the second round is a great chance at redemption.

The postseason is the perfect example of "it's not what you've done, it's what you've done for me lately" in action, and tonight, he can singlehandedly change not just how we view his series against Los Angeles ("on second thought he was better than I thought he was"), but also how we view him as a goaltender ("the guy just comes up big at the right time").

Jimmy Howard is in the net across the ice, and while the Wings goaltender wasn't tested much by the Coyotes, there will certainly be more thrown at him by the Sharks. The puck drops on Game 1 at 10 p.m. ET on Friday night, and you can catch the action on Versus and TSN.

For more on the series, check in with FTF and our Wings blog, Winging It In Motown.

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