Ryane Clowe stayed home in San Jose with an upper-body injury when the Sharks played Game 6 at Detroit, and San Jose looked flat for much of the game without its leading postseason scorer.

On Thursday, Clowe returned and provided instant energy, blazing out with an early shot and some hits in the first period of the Sharks' Game 7 victory.

"Every time he's in the room, it's a big lift for us," Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi said. "The intensity, you can see it in his eyes. That was a huge morale boost."

Clowe played 19:26 and registered four hits, second only to defenseman Douglas Murray's five.

"When you're out there 18-20 minutes, that's quite a bit, so you've got to make an impact," Clowe said.