All those goals the Sharks have been scoring this season suddenly were in short supply Monday night.

Held scoreless for 65 minutes San Jose still managed to skate out of Joe Louis Arena with two points beating the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on a shootout goal by Logan Couture.

San Jose had been averaging 4.8 goals per game -- a full goal and a half more than any other NHL team -- and had scored no fewer than three in any game. But Detroit netminder Jimmy Howard stopped all 27 Sharks' shots while Antti Niemi frustrated the Red Wings on their 24 forcing the game to a shootout.

Couture was the only shooter to score as Niemi stopped Pavel Datsyuk Daniel Alfredsson and Todd Bertuzzi. Howard stopped Patrick Marleau before Couture's shot beat him on the stick side.

Despite the lack of scoring Sharks coach Todd McLellan praised the game as a tight playoff-style performance.

Both teams were at far from full strength for what will be one of only two meetings between San Jose and Detroit this season.

The Shark unexpectedly sidelined was Brent Burns who sat this one out after his mouth took another hit in Saturday night's win over the Calgary Flames. "Hopefully he's ready to go when we get to Boston" said McLellan referring to San Jose's next game Thursday night.

The Sharks clearly missed Burns' "create chaos" presence but his absence gave prospect Freddie Hamilton a chance to play in his first NHL game as he skated on a line with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl.