May 1, 2011
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Sharks lead best-of-seven series, 1-0
Antti Niemi has a 3.40 GAA and a .878 save percentage through his first seven games this postseason. He has allowed a total of 10 goals in his last four starts, going 3-1 in that stretch.
For the Red Wings, Jimmy Howard lost for the first time this postseason in Game 1. He still has allowed a total of 12 goals in five games, good for a 2.35 GAA.
The Sharks posted a thrilling 2-1 overtime victory in Game 1 on Friday night. Joe Pavelski tied things up midway through the third period before Benn Ferriero netted the game-winner 7:03 into overtime.
Nicklas Lidstrom scored a first-period goal for Detroit, while Howard had 44 stops. Niemi made 24 saves for San Jose.
Ryane Clowe leads the team with seven points, including four goals, which match Pavelski for tops on the squad. Two Sharks defensemen, Ian White and Dan Boyle, lead the way with five assists. Kyle Wellwood has a team-high plus-6 rating.
For Detroit, Pavel Datsyuk has a team-high seven points this postseason. He has two goals in the playoffs, as do teammates Tomas Holmstrom, Patrick Eaves, Johan Franzen and Brian Rafalski.
The Sharks posted a huge victory in Game 1, but they need to win again today to maintain the home-ice advantage. ... The Sharks are 4-for-4 in overtime games this postseason. But how long can their luck last in the extra session? ... Patrick Marleau has a point in 12 of his last 15 playoffs games, dating back to last season, but it still feels like he is due for a legendary performance one of these nights. Could it come in Game 2?