Wings blow lead, Sharks win 5-3 on Pavelski’s natural hat trick
Everything was going fine for the Red Wings until Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks really got going.
Detroit blew a 3-1 second-period lead as Pavelski scored a natural hat trick to lead San Jose to a 5-3 win Sunday afternoon at Little Caesars Arena.
The Sharks – who have the second-best point total in the Western Conference – outshot the Wings 32-8 over the last two periods.
Detroit had a 15-5 shot advantage in the first period and led 2-1 after 20 minutes.
“Very frustrating. I thought we got pucks to the net in the first and did a lot of good things and obviously got some goals,” said Justin Abdelkader, who had two assists. “They’re obviously a very good team. You can’t let your foot off the gas because they’re gonna come at you. It’s disappointing from the first period that we had and the pressure that we put on them.”
Mike Green’s goal eight minutes into the second period gave the Red Wings a 3-1 lead, but it was all San Jose after that. It was the fifth goal for Green, who also had an assist.
Darren Helm and Gustav Nyquist also scored for the Wings. Jonathan Bernier made 32 saves. Jimmy Howard was still suffering the effects of the flu and was not available. Bernier was backed up by Harri Sateri, who was recalled from AHL Grand Rapids.
San Jose scored three times within 2:55 late in the second period to take a 4-3 lead. Pavelski, the team’s captain, got the last two, 55 seconds apart.
His power-play goal with 4:10 left in the second tied the game 3-3, and Pavelski gave the Sharks the lead with 3:15 remaining in the middle period. He completed the hat trick with an empty-net goal with a minute left to run his goal total to 35.
Defenseman Brent Burns brought San Jose to within 3-2 with his 13th goal with 6:10 left in the second period.
“In the second when they started scoring, we didn’t have the same dig,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “When they got the power play and scored and then scored right after that, it crushed us from a mental state. We can’t allow that to happen, but that’s what happened.”
Sharks defenseman Tim Heed opened the scoring 3:46 into the game with his second goal.
Helm’s sixth goal tied it with 5:21 left in the first period, and Nyquist gave Detroit a 2-1 lead with 37 seconds left in the first by scoring his 16th goal.
Zadina 'good' in Wings debut
Right wing Filip Zadina made his NHL debut Sunday. Zadina, 19, was the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NHL draft. He was minus-1 with one shot in 10:38 of ice time.
“I had one chance at the end of the game,” Zadina said. “But it was still my first NHL game and hopefully I’ll have a chance to play in the next game and hopefully play better and I will feel more comfortable.”
Zadina was recalled from Grand Rapids, where he had 15 goals and 31 points in 45 games.
“I thought he was good. I didn’t think he was great, he was good,” Blashill said. “I thought there were moments where he was trying to create some space for himself. That’s what he’s going to have to do.”
Bowey expected to play Tuesday
Defenseman Madison Bowey, whom Detroit acquired in the trade that sent Nick Jensen to the Washington Capitals on Friday, did not play. He is expected to make his Red Wings debut on Tuesday night when Detroit hosts the Montreal Canadiens.