Mike Babcock spoke after the game about deciding what kind of team this year's squad wants to be. We'll see how that plays out the rest of the year, but to this point the Wings have been frustratingly good and bad.
San Jose 0 Detroit 1; 17:23- Kronwall (5) from Datsyuk (9) & Lidstrom (7)
Kronwall holds the puck in at the line and moves it to Lidstrom to his right. This gets San Jose's defense to move. Both defenders aggressively collapse on Lidstrom.
Lidstrom sees this and passes back to Kronwall, who now has Datsyuk to his left. Datsyuk has a ton of room to move thanks to San Jose's defenders both moving right to cove Lidstrom.
Kronwall passes to Datsyuk, who quickly taps it back to Kronwall after the defensemen has committed to Dats. Kronwall has a lot of room and time to shoot, and there's some nice netfront work being done by Holmstrom. It doesn't look like Niemi can see this when Kronwall releases the puck.
San Jose 1 Detroit 1; 19:48- SH Pavelski from Thornton & Vlasic
As Thornton carries it around, Howard has to lock the post to prevent a wraparound attempt. This means that all four Wings in the defensive zone are paying attention to Thornton, and no one is covering Pavelski. Datsyuk should have the coverage here but doesn't. Thornton sees Pavelski and threads a pass to him in front of the net, and the Sharks kill any momentum the Wings had.
San Jose 2 Detroit 1; 9:54- Thornton from Couture & Vlasic
San Jose 3 Detroit 1; 12:48- Vlasic from Desjardins & Winchester
San Jose 4 Detroit 1; 18:18- Mitchell from Vlasic & McGinn
San Jose 5 Detroit 1; 9:32- Winchester from Murray
San Jose 5 Detroit 2; 13:38- PPG Cleary (3) from Filppula (11) & Zetterberg (4)