The Red Wings had their chances and fought hard right to the end but the Sharks skated off their home ice the winner last night in a 3-to-2 game seven victory overDetroit.San Joseavoided an historic collapse after losing three straight games in this Western Conference semi-final series and move on to face top-seedVancouver.
Antti Niemi had 38 saves for the Sharks, gloving a Pavel Datsyuk slap shot in the final minute. Henrik Zetterberg and Datsyuk scored for the Red Wings, who faced a pair of two-goal deficits last night. Jimmy Howard made 27 saves, but Detroit failed to join the 1942 Maple Leafs, 1975 Islanders and last year's Flyers as the only teams to rally from a 3-to-0 postseason deficit.
The Red Wings played without forward Johan Franzen for the second straight game and lost forwards Todd Bertuzzi and Danny Cleary to injuries during the game.