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Sharks defeat Red Wings 4-1

  • San Jose Sharks' Tyler Kennedy (81) fights with Detroit Red Wings' Kyle Quincey (27) during the third period on Thursday. (MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ / Associated Press)

SAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski scored two goals to extend his run of strong play and the San Jose Sharks beat Jimmy Howard for the ninth straight time in the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night.

Dan Boyle and Andrew Desjardins also scored for the Sharks, who bounced back after losing two of three on a recent road trip. Antti Niemi made 24 saves to beat the Red Wings for the fourth straight time with just three goals allowed in that span.

Tomas Tatar scored the lone goal for the Red Wings, who began a tough three-game California swing with a loss. Detroit follows up this game with weekend visits to Los Angeles and Anaheim. The three California teams have just six regulation losses in 63 home games this season.

Howard made 19 saves but allowed three goals in the second period to end his night and extend his struggles against the Sharks, who haven't lost to him in the regular season in more than three years. San Jose's 10 regular-season wins against Howard are the second-most for any team, trailing only Chicago's 12.

Howard allowed two soft goals in the second period to help the Sharks break open a close game. The onslaught started when Desjardins skated into the offensive zone and beat Howard to the short side from a bad angle for his second goal of the season to make it 2-1.

Pavelski added to the lead when he knocked in the rebound of Brad Stuart's shot, giving him 12 goals in his last 15 games. It was Pavelski's 22nd career two-goal game, but he is still seeking his first career hat trick.

Boyle added to the lead on a power play when he beat Howard with a wrist shot from the circle that made it 4-1. Boyle, Joe Thornton and Logan Couture were among the Sharks in consideration for the Canadian Olympic coached by Detroit's Mike Babcock who were left off the roster this week.

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