The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks continue to battle with the mentality of a Game 7 in Game 6 of their Western Conference Semifinal series at Joe Louis Arena. Despite terrific chances, gritty play and lots of power plays, neither team was able to put one home. We are scoreless after two periods.
Detroit continued to dominate offensive play, out-shooting the Sharks 14-7 in period two for a game total so far of 32-13. Thankfully, for San Jose, Antii Niemi has been remarkable in goal, making 32 saves. Jimmy Howard has been good when he is needed, making 13 of his own. Daniel Clearly had the game's best chance, with a clean breakaway on Niemi, and even faked him out, but missed the goal. Detroit is now 0-for-4 on the power play, San Jose is 0-for-3. Detroit will have a 1:10 power play to begin the third.
The hitting slowed down a bit in the second period, with the two period total now 25-23 in favor of the Sharks. This may be the best game of the playoffs so far, and it's starting to look like it may be a 1-0 winner on either side. Stay tuned, and if you haven't been watching this one yet, get to a TV!