Sharks Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: Setoguchi's OT Game Winner Completes Hat Trick In 4-3 Win

Devin Setoguchi completed the hat trick at the 9:21 mark of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal series.

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Sharks Vs. Red Wings, Final Score: Setoguchi's OT Game-Winner Gives San Jose 3-0 Series Lead

Devin Setoguchi completed the hat trick at the 9:21 mark of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal series.

In the extra session, Joe Thornton caught up to the puck at the right boards and stopped there. He looked up and sent a pass to the top of the right circle for Setoguchi, who snapped a shot on net that went off the stick of Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg and sailed into the net for the win.

Dan Boyle tied the game with 4:08 to play in regulation while Thornton finished the game with three assists for the Sharks, who have a 3-0 lead in this series and will look to close it out in Detroit on Friday.

Antti Niemi stopped 38 shots for San Jose, which also went up 3-0 in the semifinals last season against Detroit before winning the series in five games.

Nicklas Lidstrom had a goal and an assist while Pavel Datsyuk and Patrick Eaves each had a goal for Detroit, which has dropped seven straight playoff games to San Jose by one goal. Jimmy Howard made 34 stops in the loss.

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Sharks Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: San Jose Forces Overtime

For almost the entirety of the third period, the Detroit Red Wings played not to lose. Like it does for many other teams, their strategy completely backfired. The Wings did almost nothing offensively in the third period, instead deciding to concentrate on their defensive responsibilities. With just over four minutes remaining in the third period, the Sharks finally got their goal, as Dan Boyle put one past Jimmy Howard, assisted by Kyle Wellwood. Darren Helm was covering Boyle on the play, and he was caught puck watching when Wellwood passed to Boyle. The Sharks' offensive defenseman was left unattended, and his goal made it 3-3 on the night, forcing bonus hockey.

This is the second overtime game of the series, and this is a virtual do or die for the Red Wings. It would be very difficult to imagine a way that the Wings could come back from a 3-0 deficit, so they'll have to play a virtually flawless overtime period.

For more on this game and this series, check out our Red Wings-Sharks hub. Red Wings fans should check out Winging It In Motown, and Sharks fans should head over to Fear The Fin.

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Sharks Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: Pavel Datsyuk Gives Detroit The Lead Through Two Periods

The Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks have a total of five goals between them after two periods, but that doesn't mean it's been a game with poor defense or beautiful, flowing offensive hockey. Instead, it's been a game defined by sloppy goalkeeping and lucky bounces thus far, and the Wings have created more of those errors and lucky bounces thanks to their lead in total shots and hits. They lead by a score of 3-2 after the second period, and once again, they got a goal at the end of the period to get The Joe behind them.

Patrick Eaves scored to give Detroit a 2-1 lead early in the period, as Detroit's fourth line created the type of goal that you might expect from a fourth line. Darren Helm threw the puck towards the net, no one dealt with it, and it bounced to Eaves for an easy tap-in. Just a couple of minutes later, Devin Setoguchi scored his second goal of the game in similar fashion, getting a lucky bounce as Jimmy Howard let in a soft goal.

The Wings regained the lead in the final period, scoring their second power play goal of the game and the fourth between both teams. Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg worked a beautiful play into the zone, with Zetterberg laying the puck off to Pavel Datsyuk, who put the puck between the arm and the leg of Antti Niemi on his blocker side.

For more on this game and this series, check out our Red Wings-Sharks hub. Red Wings fans should check out Winging It In Motown, and Sharks fans should head over to Fear The Fin.

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Sharks Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: Tie Game After One Period

Just like the first two games of this series, the Detroit Red Wings are playing well, for the most part. The reason that qualifier is necessary is because they're still committing silly penalties, and the San Jose Sharks are still looking good on their power play. Once again, penalties and special teams are the story, but late in the first period, that story turned for the better if you're a Wings fan. Thanks to a late period power play goal by the Wings, the game is tied 1-1, the Joe is loud, and the Wings have the momentum going into the second period.

San Jose got a power play opportunity in the middle of the period, thanks to a high stick by Darren Helm. They got a little more fortune during that power play, when a lucky bounce set up an easy goal for Devin Setoguchi. San Jose were up 1-0 early at the Joe, and once again, it appeared that Detroit's high intensity wasn't going to translate into a good result on the scoreboard.

The Red Wings' fortunes changed at the end of the period, though, as Ian White tripped Darren Helm, gifting the home team a power play. They capitalized on that opportunity, and Nicklas Lidstrom scored with 18 seconds remaining in the period to tie the game at 1-1.

The Wings out-hit the Sharks by the incredible margin of 17 to three in the first period. Hopefully for them, that intensity will soon translate to more goals.

For more on this game and this series, check out our Red Wings-Sharks hub. Red Wings fans should check out Winging It In Motown, and Sharks fans should head over to Fear The Fin.

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Sharks Vs. Red Wings, Game 3: Desperate Detroit Looks To Avoid Giant Hole

The Detroit Red Wings played well in both Game 1 and Game 2 of their playoff series against the San Jose Sharks, but not well enough to win. It could have been the Shark Tank, some dumb luck, or the Sharks being just plain better that tipped the scales in San Jose's favor. Whatever it was, the Red Wings are going to have to reverse it, down 2-0 headed into Game 3.

Conventional wisdom is that a series is not over until a team loses at home. By that logic, the Red Wings are still very much in this series. Lose at home tonight, and the series is very much over. Pavel Datsyuk has been stunning so far, but his teammates have not risen to the occasion. 

So far, the story has been penalties. Detroit has committed a lot of them, and their power play conversion rate has been poor going the other way. Despite Henrik Zetterberg's power play goal in Game 2, the Sharks' penalty kill has been brilliant, and their power play has been solid as well. Playoff series often come down to special teams, and Detroit's stellar special teams has not yet shown up in this series.

The Wings will make one change to their lineup, bringing in veteran Kris Draper and scratching Drew Miller. San Jose are not expected to make any lineup changes. The game starts at 8 pm ET, and coverage will start on Versus at the conclusion of the game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers

For more on this game and this series, check out our Red Wings-Sharks hub. Red Wings fans should check out Winging It In Motown, and Sharks fans should head over to Fear The Fin.

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