SAN JOSE (AP) — Luke Glendening scored with 1:15 remaining, completing a comeback victory for the Detroit Red Wings, who beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Thursday night.
Pavel Datsyuk and Temu Pulkkinen also scored for the Red Wings, who snapped a two-game skid. Jimmy Howard made 20 saves for the win, just his fourth in 14 career games against San Jose.
Matt Irwin and Patrick Marleau scored for the Sharks, who dropped their seventh straight at home, their longest skid of the season and further hurting their playoff hopes.
Irwin managed to find just enough space through traffic to drive the puck into the net following a pass from Joe Thornton, giving the Sharks the early advantage midway through the first period.
The Red Wings answered with a power-play goal early in the second period. The league’s best power play was 0 for 5 in Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Scott Weiss centered the puck to Riley Sheahan, who quickly flipped it to Pulkkinen for a wide-open shot into the net.
Pulkkinen scored his first goal since returning to Detroit two weeks ago. He has scored twice in 11 games for the Red Wings.
Marleau scored his 450th career goal on a power play three minutes later to put the Sharks back on top. He fired a shot after taking the puck off Howard’s pads.
The Sharks managed to kill off a four-minute penalty midway through the third period that helped preserve their lead.
Datsyuk didn’t need a power play to tie the score with 6:28 left in the third period. He back-handed a shot that slipped under Niemi’s glove after taking a pass from Tomas Tatar, who worked the puck from behind the net.
Datsyuk has scored seven of his 22 goals in the past seven games. He also has 11 points in that span.
NOTES: Red Wings D Kyle Quincey missed his fourth straight game with bone chips in his ankle. He can play as long as he can stand the pain. ... Detroit F Henrik Zetterberg missed his third straight with concussion-like symptoms, but has begun to skate again. . Sharks C Joe Thornton moved into sole possession of 20th place on the NHL’s career assists list with 892, ending a season-worst three-game scoreless streak. . Marleau scored his first power-play goal since Nov. 8. . Datsyuk has 33 points in 42 games against the Sharks. . Sharks C Logan Couture has 12 points in 14 games against the Red Wings.