Maybe it wasn't a drought just yet, but the Sharks' top two goal-scorers were definitely in a dry spell.
Luckily for San Jose, both Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture picked the same night to find the back of the net once again -- both in regulation and the shootout that followed -- to give the Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
The shootout win Thursday night was exactly the kind of bounce-back effort the team was looking for after an embarrassing 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets just 48 hours earlier. San Jose remained fifth in the Western Conference playoff race.
"Our road game has been lacking a little bit," said Marleau, who scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season after notching just one goal in the previous 11 games. "Especially coming off a bad game in Columbus, you wanted to come out with a strong performance."
While Marleau and Couture were providing the offense, goalie Antti Niemi had another strong effort. Forward Justin Abdelkader and defenseman Jakob Kindl did score for Detroit, but Niemi made 27 saves -- several of them spectacular -- and two more in the shootout to improve San Jose's record against the Red Wings to 8-1-1 in their past 10 meetings.
The Red Wings entered the game in unfamiliar territory -- eighth seed in the Western Conference and at risk of missing the playoffs after 21 consecutive appearances, the longest streak of any pro sports franchise.
Sharks slip past Red Wings in shootout
San Jose Mercury News | Apr 12