The Detroit Red Wings continue to attempt to stave off elimination for the second consecutive year at the hands of the San Jose Sharks. But after a late Logan Couture goal in the first period, the Sharks played better in period two, and got a goal from Dan Boyle to put the score at 3-2 after two periods in Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series at Joe Louis Arena. San Jose leads the series 3-0.
Detroit was given three power play chances in the period, after going 1-for-1 on their first period opportunity, which ended in Lidstrom's goal. Joe Thornton went off at 5:47 for holding-the-stick, Torey Mitchell for holding at 10:58, and Dany Heatley for tripping at 14:29. Despite many chances and all the talent on the ice, Antii Niemi was superb in particular for the San Jose penalty kill. Niemi, even though he has given up three goals, has been stellar since the early barrage, making 24 saves through two periods.
Later in the period, after two of Detroit's man advantage chances, San Jose chipped away at their lead once again. Kyle Wellwood sent a cross-ice pass to Dan Boyle. The veteran defenseman, who's been terrific against Detroit, simply went roof on Jimmy Howard and the Sharks were within one. Wellwood's been surprisingly good this post-season too, with five assists for San Jose. Meanwhile, it was Boyle's second goal of the playoffs at 13:44 to make it just 3-2 Detroit.