Havlat's OT goal lifts Sharks past Red Wings

March 18, 2012, 5:03 am
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SAN JOSE Marty Havlat scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, and the Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night at HP Pavilion, 3-2.

On the winning goal, Havlat took the original shot from the circle. Justin Braun poked for the rebound, which popped out to the side of the net, where Havlat gathered it and lifted it in with 1:37 to go.

The Sharks, who beat Nashville in a shootout on Thursday, won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 31 Feb. 2. They moved into eighth place in the Western Conference with the win, surpassing Phoenix.

Five of last seven Sharks games have gone past regulation (2-0-3).

Detroit tied the game in the third period. Valtteri Filppula broke in after what looked to be interference by Henrik Zetterberg on Marc-Edouard Vlasic at the blue line. Filppulas wrist shot beat Antti Niemi at 8:12, though, and the game was knotted at 2-2.

The Sharks jumped out to a 1-0 lead after a long shift to start the game by their top line.

Standing behind the net, Joe Thornton passed in front to Joe Pavelski at the bottom of the circle. Pavelskis initial shot through traffic, including Logan Couture standing in front of the crease, bounced right back to the winger and he deposited his 25th goal at the 48-second mark, tying his career high with 25 on the season.

Havlat gave the Sharks their first two-goal lead in nearly three weeks at 18:23. His 40-foot wrist shot may have deflected off of defenseman Brad Stuarts stick on its way toward the net, and Jimmy Howard was unable to stop it. It was Havlats third goal in his second game back after missing three months with a hamstring injury.

The Sharks previous two-goal advantage came on Feb. 26 in Minnesota when they scored the first two goals of the game in a 4-3 loss.

It didnt last long. Pavel Datsyuk, playing in his first game after missing the last 11 with a knee injury, found the near-side corner from a terrible angle just 23 seconds after Havlats goal. Antti Niemi, who was crouched over trying to eye the puck, would have stopped it had he been standing upright.

The great pace of the first period carried over into the second despite neither team finding the scoreboard.

Howard made a nice stop on Dominic Moores backhand attempt from the slot early on, while Tomas Holmstroms deflection on a Red Wings power play rang squarely off of the post.

Havlat nearly got his second goal of the game on a two-on-one rush with Patrick Marleau late in the second, while Daniel Winnik missed an open net on a loose puck after he set up Moore for a chance seconds earlier.

Detroits Drew Miller had a shorthanded breakaway as time expired in the second, but Niemi turned it aside as the horn sounded.

Odds and ends: The Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. ... TJ Galiardi, Michal Handzus, Colin White and Jim Vandermeer were scratched. The Sharks won the first two games of the season series, but Detroit claimed a 3-2 win at Joe Louis Arena on Feb. 19.