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Michalek, Marleau propel Sharks past Red Wings

By Michael Duca

PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- After going toe-to-toe with the

defending Stanley Cup champions for 2 1/2 periods, the San Jose

Sharks delivered the knockout blow with a pair of breakaway

goals in the final session.

Milan Michalek and captain Patrick Marleau converted solo rushes

in slightly more than a three-minute span, leading the Sharks to

a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Michalek also set up a pair of tallies and Ryane Clowe collected

a career-high four assists for the Sharks (33-6-5), who own the

best record in the NHL.

Jonathan Cheechoo, All-Star defenseman Dan Boyle and fellow

blue-liner Christian Ehrhoff each netted a goal and set up

another for San Jose, which improved to 21-1-2 at home this

season.

Marian Hossa recorded a goal and two assists while Henrik

Zetterberg and defenseman Brian Rafalski notched a tally and an

assist apiece for the Red Wings (31-8-6), who squandered an

opportunity to take over the top spot in the conference

standings.

Trailing, 4-3, the Sharks tied the contest with 65 seconds

remaining in the second period, when Cheechoo poked in the

rebound of Clowe's shot for a power-play goal.

Michalek gave San Jose the lead with 9:42 remaining in the

third. After receiving a pass from Boyle and getting ahead of

Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Brad Stuart for a breakaway,

the Czech put a backhander between the pads of goaltender Chris

Osgood for his 11th tally of the season.

Just 3:06 later, Clowe sprang Marleau on another breakaway, and

he fired a wrist shot over Osgood's glove for a 6-4 advantage.

Rafalski halved the deficit with 1:56 to play, beating netminder

Evgeni Nabokov with a slap shot from above the left faceoff

circle off a drop pass from Zetterberg. But Detroit was unable

to net the equalizer despite pulling Osgood for the final 90

seconds.

Nabokov turned aside 29 shots.

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