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Setoguchi’s hat trick puts Detroit on brink of elimination; Sharks win 4-3 in overtime

May 5, 2011, 2:39 AM EST

Devin Setoguchi AP

It’s cliché to say that it’s not a series until the home team loses a game. Tonight, the home standing Red Wings lost to the Sharks 4-3 in overtime and it might just be the game that puts a virtual end to the series as the Sharks now lead the best of seven series 3-0.

The hero of tonight’s game was very nearly the goat for San Jose. Devin Setoguchi finished tonight’s game with a hat trick including the game-winning goal in overtime. What nearly made him fall out of favor with Sharks fans was a penalty he took earlier in overtime for holding. While the Wings threatened on the man advantage, they wouldn’t score a goal.

Instead, play turned the other way and it started with an exhausted Joe Thornton spinning and wheeling a pass to Setoguchi who was fresh off the bench and ripped a shot over the shoulder of Howard and into the net to end the game. The win is the third one-goal win over the Red Wings this series and the fifth overtime victory of the playoffs for the Sharks. They’re now 5-0 in overtime games. So much for not being a clutch team.

The Red Wings found themselves getting into familiar jams. Their penalty kill was once again not good as the Sharks scored twice on the power play, including getting the first goal of the game on the man advantage. The Wings having to start off from behind is tough but Nicklas Lidstrom would get a power play goal of his own late in the first period to tie it.

From there, the Wings would twice gain the lead only to give it back eventually as a Patrick Eaves goal in the second at 13:59 was quickly followed by Setoguchi’s second power play goal of the game 50 seconds later. Pavel Datsyuk would score a power play goal later in the second still to give Detroit a 3-2 lead but that too wouldn’t hold up.

In the third period the Wings would hang on to that lead until Dan Boyle scored with just over four minutes to play to force overtime. There, Antti Niemi again played huge finishing the game with 38 saves and keeping the Wings out of the net. Jimmy Howard‘s 34 save performance was solid but just not good enough yet again when Setoguchi ended the game at 9:21 of overtime.

At this point in the series, it just makes sense to say that the Sharks are flat out better than Detroit. A 3-0 series lead certainly dictates that thought, but coming up big in overtime and getting such tremendous play from the likes of Setoguchi and Joe Thornton (three assists tonight) both offensively and defensively is making life easier on the Sharks. Who knew that having your big stars stepping up and playing big all together would work out.

For Detroit, they’re not playing terribly. Their PK could obviously use improvement, as could their discipline in taking penalties. The rest of their game is solid though, they just have not been as good as the Sharks have been.

  1. sanjosecupcrazy - May 5, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    Game, set, match — SHARKS.

    Surprised that the comment section isn’t filled with 15 million crybaby Red Wing fans like it was after Game 2.

    Last year’s playoffs, this year’s regular season, this year’s playoffs…… Detroit, let it be known that you are now officially our bitch.

    At least the Lions had a good draft, right? ;-)

    • polegojim - May 5, 2011 at 9:47 AM

      Sharks are playing extremely well and right now we’re getting beat by a better team.

      There was NO whining from Detroit fans then or now – you’re delusional, along with childish.

      Good news is both will improve for you right after puberty, wait for it.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - May 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

        No whining by Detroit fans, huh? You obviously didn’t read the comments section in the story for Game 2. LOL…. “OH MY GOD! THEY’RE SNOWSHOWERING HOWARD! OFFICIALS! THEY’RE SNOWWWWWSHOWERING OUR GOALIE!”

        I can understand your frustration — after all, you’re about to get swept. ;-)

      • polegojim - May 6, 2011 at 9:42 AM

        Snowing the goalie? What – did you see one comment on that? That’s not whining, it’s a fact, but nobody said it was the reason for the 3-0 Wings hole.

        Your transfer of emotions is very cute though.

        I have no frustration, only some mild disappointment this year. The Wings have performed incredibly for 20 years for Hockytown fans.

      • polegojim - May 6, 2011 at 11:13 PM

        @sanjosecupcrazy – tap tap tap…hello, hello, hello….

        How’s that broom thing going? Now all you can do is ride it back home.

      • sanjosecupcrazy - May 13, 2011 at 2:18 AM

        Hey PolegoJim, how’d that taste going down, douchebag? Enjoy your offseason — you can sit back on your couch and watch us win the cup now.

        Face it, Detroit — you’re our bitch now. That’s two years in a row we’ve knocked you out. Better spend the offseason figuring out how you’re going to get by THE SHARKS next year. ;-D

  2. sknut - May 5, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Its funny for how great round 1 was that in round 2 we have a sweep and two series that are on the brink of a sweep. Thats not to say the games havne’t been good just different.

    For San Jose and Washington being everyones whipping boys, one is about to take the next big step and the other is on the golf course. I think we are looking at a San Jose-Boston cup final.

  3. polegojim - May 5, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Hat’s off to the Sharks – so far. Last nights game hurt – no good reason for that loss.

    Let’s see if the Wings can pull a Blackhawks +1.

    Let’s GO RED WINGS!!!

  4. sportsinhd - May 5, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Go read Able to Yzerman sometime if you don’t think Red Wings fans whine. That blog never gives any team credit for beating the Wings, it simply blames the refs nearly every time.

    The Red Wings are the best run franchise, not just in hockey, but in all of pro sports. They are the model, and their fans have a sense of entitlement these day. That’s probably why the rest of us take such glee in watching them lose.

    • polegojim - May 6, 2011 at 9:49 AM

      I don’t read that blog – pretty much read and write only a couple few places.

      It’s true about the franchise and is expected – hopefully the Lions are on their way to some of the same. Red Wings success has been our reward for having to watch the Lions for the past 20 years, but seems like that’s changing.

      It would be nice to see the Sharks and fans not get overjoyed about beating the Red Wings again, and actually finish the journey with Stanley Cup raised at the end. The Canucks aren’t playing with enough confidence or drive to beat the Sharks, and Boston doesn’t match up against them well. This could be the year.

  5. dreadpiratesteve - May 5, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    This game, while still being a 1 goal game was far more competitive than the first two. The first two games saw the Sharks dominate hug stretches of the game with Jimmy Howard being the only thing that kept the wings close. This game however, the Sharks appeared the lesser team for large portions of the game. But they pulled it out, and in so doing San Jose is beginning to change the perception around the league of who and what they are, especially in the playoffs. Detroit has been a worthy opponent. The Sharks are just a little younger, tougher and hungrier.

  6. Chris Ross - May 5, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Big game for the Sharks yesterday and the 3 assists from Joe were huge. Joe Thornton has to continue to play the same way and help lead his team to the Stanley Cup. They can’t do it without a solid performance throughout from. I don’t think they need him to be super Joe of the regular season but definitely better than he has been. He can’t let the ghosts of playoffs past haunt him and it seems that this playoffs he’s doing a pretty good job of that. He’s got a real good team around him. And I gotta be honest, I cheer against the Sharks just cuz it’s kind of fun to see them flop every year but really it’s good for Joe because he’s a class act. They better not lose this one because I can’t imagine how Joe’s legacy will suffer even more. Gonna be an interesting rest of the NHL playoffs for sure.

    http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/exorcising-the-demons/

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