After dropping a 2-0 third period lead against the Penguins on Thursday, it would have been nice to see the San Jose Sharks come out on Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings with a bad taste in its mouth.
Unfortunately, it was all Red Wings (3-3-0) as the Sharks (3-3-0) closed out their final visit to Joe Louis Arena with a 3-0 loss.
On the second night of a back-to-back, Detroit outplayed San Jose from start to finish to climb to .500 on the young season.
Gustav Nyquist opened up the scoring for Detroit in the second period as he rifled a shot past Martin Jones during a 2-on-1 rush. Credit Jonathan Ericsson who boxed out Melker Karlsson and fired the puck up the ice to find Nyquist.
This play by Ericsson to setup Nyquist's goal.. Who is this guy?! pic.twitter.com/WBQpDMuJ0x— Ky.L. Stine (@KyleWIIM) October 23, 2016
Nyquist got his second goal of the night later in the period after Matt Nieto couldn’t clear the puck near the right circle. Ryan Sproul left the puck for Nyquist who used Justin Braun as a screen to get the puck past Jones once again.
Ryan Sproul sets up Gustav Nyquist for his second goal of the night. 2-0. pic.twitter.com/ub0dlqb96z— Ky.L. Stine (@KyleWIIM) October 23, 2016
It only got worse for San Jose in the third period as Andreas Athanasiou blasted a slapshot just under the cross bar from right outside the left circle. Athanasiou’s goal was set up on a long pass by Thomas Vanek that gave Athanasiou the open look.
Vanek to Athanasiou who just let's off an absolute bomb past Jones. 3-0. pic.twitter.com/TjkhKyCxMH— Ky.L. Stine (@KyleWIIM) October 23, 2016
The Sharks power play continues to struggle early in the season as San Jose was 0/4 tonight with the man advantage. However, the Sharks did kill SEVEN penalties, although that’s about five or six too many drawn.
Jimmy Howard stopped all 30 shots he faced and earned his first shutout of the season. Martin Jones stopped 29 shots on 32 attempts.
San Jose returns to SAP Center on Tuesday and hosts rival Anaheim at 7 p.m. for the start of a three game home stand.
Fear the Fin’s Three Stars
1). Gustav Nyquist
2). Jimmy Howard
3). Andreas Anthanasiou