Red Wings Vs. Sharks, Game 2: San Jose Takes 2-0 Series Lead Following 2-1 Victory

The San Jose Sharks took a 2-0 series lead over the Red Wings following their 2-1 victory on Sunday afternoon. Ian White and Niclas Wallin netted the goals for the Sharks.

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Red Wings Vs. Sharks, Game 2: Niemi And Howard Setting Tone For Series

Niclas Wallin doesn't boast many playoff goals, but each one has something in common -- they're all game-winners The 36-year-old defenseman scored early in the third period, and San Jose withstood a late Detroit rally to emerge with its second consecutive 2-1 victory in Game 2 of this best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series.

Sharks fans also want to make sure goalie Antti Niemi gets his due for another great performance in the net.

Credit goes to Antti Niemi, who once again put in a solid performance in nets for San Jose. Although he wasn't tested very often in the second period, the first and third period saw him make some excellent saves to hold the Sharks lead.

Despite the loss, Red Wings fans don't want their goalie to go without some credit as well.

Jimmy Howard played out of his mind. Jimmy had some huge saves and the Wallin shot was the only real negative part from his game tonight. Jimmy once again looked like he's the only one that really wants to win out there and the offense needs to start stepping it up to keep the team in the series. Howard has been spectacular this postseason, time for the surrounding team to dig themselves out of the 0-2 hole.

For more on the series, check in with our blogs: Winging It In Motown on the Wings and Fear The Fin on the Sharks. And for more on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Red Wings Vs. Sharks Final Score: Niclas Wallin's Goal Gives San Jose 2-1 Victroy

The San Jose Sharks collected a second 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings when they took a 2-0 series lead on Sunday afternoon. Detroit cut a 2-0 deficit in the third to one goal, but it proved too little too late.

At 1:39 in the third period, Niclas Wallin received the puck from Ryan Clowe on the opposite side of the ice, crossed the blue line and snapped off a wristshot from 38 feet out. It bounced off of Jimmy Howard's glove and then facemask before finding its way into the back of the net.

The game turned into an evenly-matched offensive contest, as the teams combined for 24 shots in the period (13-11 in favor of Detroit). Detroit finally put a goal on the board at 13:58 in the period. They had a power play after the Shark's Devin Setoguchi received two minutes for slashing Johan Franzen. With the man advantage, Henrik Zetterberg received the puck in front of Antti Niemi and snapped a shot off from about 30 feet away.

Niemi was the first star of the game, making 33 saves on 34 shots.

The series shifts to Detroit on Wednesday, May 4, for Game 3. Maybe Detroit's offense will show up on the return home.

For more on the series, check in with our blogs: Winging It In Motown on the Wings and Fear The Fin on the Sharks. And for more on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Red Wings Vs. Sharks Score: San Jose Keeps Offensive Pressure On, Still Leads, 1-0

The Detroit Red Wings will need a third-period comeback against the San Jose Sharks if they want to even this series at one game apiece. The Sharks hold a 1-0 lead after two periods.

The Sharks best chance at a second goal came just after the five minute mark when San Jose's Douglas Murray was able to get off two quick shots against Detroit's Jimmy Howard. Murray came from the side of the net and attempted a wrister that bounced right back at him for the rebound. Murray quickly got off a second shot that went through Howard's five-hole. But it looked as though Pavel Datsyuk got his stick on the puck to prevent the goal.

Neither team was able to take advantage of their respective power plays in the second period, while Ian White's first-period power play goal remains the only score of the game.

San Jose turned the shot advantage in their favor during the second period, making 19 to Detroit's nine. In total, San Jose leads Detroit in shots, 26-21.

For more on the series, check in with our blogs: Winging It In Motown on the Wings and Fear The Fin on the Sharks. And for more on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Red Wings Vs. Sharks Score: San Jose Up 1-0 After First Period

If Detroit's going to win Game 2 of its Western Conference Semifinals series against San Jose, the Red Wings will have to come from behind. The Sharks lead 1-0 after the first period in San Jose.

San Jose scored early, with Ian White capitalizing on a power play by blasting in a goal in the game's first five minutes. Then the Sharks and goalie Antti Niemi hunkered down to shut down the Wings.

Detroit held the edge in shots in the first quarter, with 12 to San Jose's seven, but couldn't sneak even one goal past Niemi. And that was with three power play opportunities in the period.

Just one goal through four periods against a team as talented as the Sharks? That's not going to cut it.

For more on the series, check in with our blogs: Winging It In Motown on the Wings and Fear The Fin on the Sharks. And for more on the NHL Playoffs, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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Red Wings Vs. Sharks, Game 2: Detroit Needs Better Offense To Even Series

After an overtime win in Game 1, the San Jose Sharks head into Game 2 on a high. For the Detroit Red Wings, they know they need to kick their offense into another gear if they want to come out on top and even the series.

Despite taking a 1-0 lead in Game 1, the Wings were generally unable to create much offense over the course of the game, and as a result, the Sharks were slowly able to take over the game. Joe Pavelski scored in the third period to tie the score before Benn Ferriero, the birthday boy, won it in overtime. 

It's a 12 p.m. start in San Jose -- 3 p.m. ET -- for the Sharks and Wings, so it'll be interesting to see how that impacts the game. Antti Niemi is in goal for the Sharks, while it's Jimmy Howard in again for Detroit. For more on the series, check in with our blogs: Winging It In Motown on the Wings and Fear The Fin on the Sharks.

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