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Thornton helps Sharks extend Wings' burdens

DETROIT — Joe Thornton scored twice and the Sharks won their fourth straight, 4-2 over the Red Wings on Friday.

San Jose has eliminated Detroit in the second round of the playoffs the past two seasons. It was a seven-game set in the spring in which the Red Wings rallied from a 3-0 series deficit to force a Game 7.

Detroit has lost three in a row.

"It was a good game," coach Mike Babcock said. "Sometimes you can fool yourself in these games, though. The opposition gets you prepared for these games. You don't have to get yourself prepared."

Game highlights: Cam Ward made 30 saves for his first shutout of the season and the host Hurricanes beat the Blackhawks 3-0.

Around the league: The Oilers will keep Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the first overall pick of this year's draft, and not send him back to his junior team. Nugent-Hopkins played his 10th game of the season Friday against the Avalanche, triggering his entry-level contract. … The Avalanche is keeping Gabriel Landeskog, the draft's second overall pick. He played his 10th game Friday.

Sharks 0 3 1 4
at Red Wings 1 1 0 2
Sharks 0 3 1 4
at Red Wings 1 1 0 2

First Period1, Detroit, Zetterberg 2 (Lidstrom, Datsyuk), 12:20. PenaltiesLidstrom, Det (hooking), 2:37; Winchester, SJ (tripping), 16:46.

Second Period2, SJ, Clowe 3 (Havlat, Vlasic), 2:10 (pp). 3, SJ, Marleau 2 (D.Murray), 7:57. 4, Detroit, Holmstrom 1 (Datsyuk, Lidstrom), 14:44 (pp). 5, SJ, Thornton 2 (Pavelski, Marleau), 18:18. PenaltiesCleary, Det (tripping), :25; Havlat, SJ (cross-checking), 13:55; Havlat, SJ (hooking), 19:15.

Third Period6, SJ, Thornton 3 (Havlat, Clowe), 19:25 (en). PenaltiesHudler, Det (holding), 2:09; Niemi, SJ, served by Marleau (tripping), 7:38; Vlasic, SJ (cross-checking), 15:15; Hudler, Det (holding), 15:15. Shots on GoalSJ 8-10-12—30. Detroit 11-12-9—32. Power-play opportunitiesSJ 1 of 3; Detroit 1 of 4. GoaliesSJ, Niemi 4-1-0 (32 shots-30 saves). Detroit, Howard 4-1-0 (29-26).

at Hurricanes 1 0 2 3
Blackhawks 0 0 0 0

First Period1, Carolina, Brent 2 (Gleason), 3:08. PenaltiesKane, Chi, double minor (high-sticking), 14:27.

Second PeriodNone. PenaltiesJ.Toews, Chi (hooking), 3:12; Skinner, Car (hooking), 4:08; Dwyer, Car (interference), 16:21.

Third Period2, Carolina, Bra.Sutter 3 (Jokinen), 5:39. 3, Carolina, Tlusty 2 (Allen, LaRose), 15:07. PenaltiesBra.Sutter, Car (tripping), 3:33; Bolland, Chi (hooking), 12:05; Mayers, Chi (roughing), 15:26; Harrison, Car (roughing), 15:26; Frolik, Chi (hooking), 18:16. Missed Penalty ShotE.Staal, Car, 17:22 second. Shots on GoalChicago 7-15-8—30. Carolina 12-12-9—33. Power-play opportunitiesChicago 0 of 3; Carolina 0 of 5. GoaliesChicago, Crawford 4-2-2 (33 shots-30 saves). Carolina, Ward 4-2-2 (30-30).

Oilers 0 2 1 3
at Avalanche 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesSmid, Edm (holding stick), 9:54.

Second Period1, Edmonton, Barker 1 (Gagner, Smyth), 7:55 (pp). 2, Edmonton, Sutton 1 (Petrell, Smyth), 14:20. PenaltiesBarker, Edm (interference), 3:25; Landeskog, Col (goaltender interference), 5:56; McClement, Col (hooking), 14:58; Kobasew, Col (elbowing), 18:51.

Third Period3, Colorado, O'Reilly 1 (Duchene, Quincey), 5:42 (pp). 4, Edmonton, Smyth 3 (Horcoff, R.Jones), 6:09. PenaltiesSutton, Edm, minor-major (elbowing, fighting), 3:23; O'Brien, Col, minor-major-misconduct (instigator, fighting), 3:23; Barker, Edm (cross-checking), 4:35; Winnik, Col (interference), 6:31; Smyth, Edm (high-sticking), 9:49. Shots on GoalEdmonton 9-5-5—19. Colorado 11-14-16—41. Power-play opportunitiesEdmonton 1 of 4; Colorado 1 of 4. GoaliesEdmonton, Dubnyk 2-2-0 (41 shots-40 saves). Colorado, Varlamov 4-3-0 (19-16).

at Flames 0 1 2 3
Blues 0 0 1 1

First PeriodNone. PenaltiesKostopoulos, Cal (high-sticking), 16:18.

Second Period1, Calgary, Kostopoulos 1 (T.Jackman, Horak), 14:45. PenaltiesSteen, StL (slashing), 8:17; Huskins, StL (interference), 15:59.

Third Period2, Calgary, Horak 2 (Glencross, T.Jackman), 12:16. 3, St. Louis, Steen 6 (Langenbrunner, Shattenkirk), 12:28. 4, Calgary, Jokinen 2 (Glencross, Moss), 18:44 (en). PenaltiesBouwmeester, Cal (holding), 7:15; Giordano, Cal (cross-checking), 8:21; Langenbrunner, StL (roughing), 19:41. Shots on GoalSt. Louis 8-9-12—29. Calgary 7-4-7—18. Power-play opportunitiesSt. Louis 0 of 3; Calgary 0 of 3. GoaliesSt. Louis, Elliott 4-1-0 (17 shots-15 saves). Calgary, Kiprusoff 4-3-0 (29-28).

Thornton helps Sharks extend Wings' burdens 10/28/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 29, 2011 12:33am]
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