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?
Left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler is staying with the A's.
The 30-year-old has reportedly agreed to a minor league deal with Oakland, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.
The deal includes an invitation to spring training.
The A's purchased Detwiler's contract from the Indians on July 17 and he went on to make nine appearances for the club, including seven starts.
In his time with the A's, Detwiler posted a 6.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 44 innings.
The 49ers feel certain they have landed their head coach, according to sources.
And the Atlanta Falcons are reportedly convinced offensive Kyle Shanahan will be entering the head-coaching ranks with the 49ers next season, too.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn made an announcement to coaches that Shanahan would be the 49ers’ next coach, Mike Silver of the NFL Network reported Wednesday, adding everyone in the room was “super supportive.”
On Wednesday, Quinn was asked at a press conference about Shanahan and the 49ers.
“I know it’s for sure out there, (but it’s) definitely not our story to tell,” Quinn said. “They (the 49ers) will for sure reach out to (general manager) Thomas (Dimitroff) and to the organization and there will be a window for them if they’d like to visit with him for next week. But that’s really where it’s at, and there’s nothing left to do until then."
The Falcons will face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers will have a second interview with Shanahan after the game. Shanahan will also become involved in the process to hire the 49ers’ next general manager.
The 49ers are checking with the NFL to determine what is allowable under the league’s anti-tampering policy, according to a league source. If the Falcons win on Sunday, the 49ers would not be able to officially hire Shanahan until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
According to sources, the 49ers have narrowed their initial search for the next general manager to four candidates: Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst of Green Bay, Minnesota’s George Paton and Terry McDonough of Arizona.
The general manager candidates are expected to meet with Shanahan, but it’s unclear whether Shanahan can interview the candidates if the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl and he is not officially the 49ers’ coach. The 49ers are expected to hold a second round of general manager interviews early next week and could fill the position by the end of next week.