May 2, 2010, 9:54 PM EDT
In an interview during the first intermission, Sharks forward Ryane Clowe downplayed the effect Tomas Holmstrom’s elite screening skills had on the Red Wings’ second goal. There’s no doubt that the man I call “The Human Eclipse” is making an impact on this game, though, as that first goal indeed was credited to him and he also blocked Evgeni Nabokov’s vision on Nicklas Lidstrom’s second period 3-2 goal.
After being out-shot 15-7 in the first period, the Red Wings played a much more even second period and lead the game 3-2 with one period left. Their penalty kill is keeping them in the game, allowing one goal on five Sharks powerplay opportunities.
With a 1-0 series lead, this isn’t a do-or-die period for San Jose but getting a 2-0 cushion would be a great relief to a team that probably doesn’t trust luck to go their way. To do so, the Sharks must find a way to deal with Holmstrom and get at least two more pucks past a sharp Jimmy Howard.
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- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 19
- Blues sign former eighth overall pick Mueller 31
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- Eric Staal has surgery to repair ‘core muscle injury’ 6
- After not seeing ‘eye-to-eye’ with Carlyle, Reimer will compete for No. 1 gig 16
- Two down, one to go: Wings ink Tatar to three-year, $8.25M deal 12
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