The Detroit Red Wings find themselves 20 minutes from elimination, as the San Jose Sharks lead Game 5 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series 2-1, after both teams scored goals in period two. The Sharks lead the series 3-1 heading in to this pivotal game at HP Pavilion in San Jose.
The Sharks continued to dominate in shots in period two, though less so than in period one. San Jose out-shot Detroit 14-9 in the middle frame, making it a total of 30-16 for the game.
Joe Pavelski extended San Jose's lead to 2-0 at 15:32. It was notable for yet another assist from Ryan Clowe, who continues to have a remarkable post-season. That was Clowe's ninth assist of the post-season, while Pavelski got his fifth goal of the playoffs.
However, Detroit has many men on their squad with the heart of a champion, and Nicklas Kronwall is one of them. His wrist shot at 16:25 gave the Red Wings a puncher's chance in the third period. The goal was just 43 seconds after Pavelski's, and Kronwall's second of the post-season made it 2-1. Still plenty of game left in this one.