Final OT

Series (Game 1 of 4)

Detroit leads 3-1

Game 1: Monday, October 17th
Red Wings3
Game 2: Saturday, November 26th
Red Wings7Final
Game 3: Tuesday, February 28th
Red Wings1Final
Game 4: Thursday, March 23rd
Red Wings4

Sharks 2

(3-2-1, 7 pts)

Red Wings 3

(6-1-0, 12 pts)

7:30 PM ET, October 17, 2005

Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

1 2 3 OT T
SJ 1 1 0 02
DET 2 0 0 13

B. Shanahan (Red Wings - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

N. Ekman (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

M. Legace (Red Wings - G): Saves: 26, Save Pct.: .929

San Jose (3-2-0) at Detroit (5-1-0) 7:30 pm EDT

San Jose (3-2-0) at Detroit (5-1-0), 7:30 pm EDT

DETROIT (Ticker) -- A pair of high-flying offenses square off Monday when the Detroit Red Wings host the San Jose Sharks in a matchup of defending division champions.

Led by goaltender Manny Legace, the Red Wings posted a 2-0 victory over Phoenix on Saturday to notch their second straight win.

Legace turned away 23 shots to record his seventh career shutout and improve his save percentage to 91 percent for the season.

Despite featuring one of the league's most potent offenses, Detroit has gotten off to a great start largely due in part to its strong defense. The Red Wings have killed off over 94 percent of their penalties, the best mark in the league.

The Sharks, on the other hand, have struggled on special teams. Despite averaging four goals per contest like the Red Wings, the Sharks have converted just 13.5 percent of their power plays.

San Jose also needs to improve on the penalty kill, where it has stymied just 80 percent of its opponent's power plays.

Despite their ineptitude on special teams, the Sharks have clicked offensively during their three-game winning streak. Patrick Marleau netted a pair of power-play tallies in the second period Saturday as San Jose held on for a 4-3 triumph over Chicago.

Marco Sturm and Jonathan Cheechoo also scored for the Sharks, who have netted a total of 15 goals over their last three games.