Series (Game 3 of 4)

Detroit leads 3-1

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

(39-14-5, 83 pts)

Sharks 5

(28-21-8, 64 pts)

10:30 PM ET, February 28, 2006

SAP Center, San Jose, California

1 2 3 T
DET 0 1 01
SJ 1 1 35

J. Thornton (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 3

P. Marleau (Sharks - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

J. Cheechoo (Sharks - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Detroit (39-13-5) at San Jose (27-21-8) 10:30 pm EST

Detroit (39-13-5) at San Jose (27-21-8) 10:30 pm EST

SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- As glorifying as a gold medal was for five members of the Detroit Red Wings, it does come at a small price.

The Red Wings take the ice without a sizeable chunk of their roster Tuesday when they skate with the San Jose Sharks in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break.

Detroit, which leads the league with 83 points, will begin the second part of its season without top defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom, who scored the game-winning goal for Sweden in the gold medal game.

Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall, each of whom also scored in the decisive 3-2 triumph over Finland, will both be sidelined Tuesday, as will fellow Swedes Tomas Holmstrom and Mikael Samuelsson.

The Red Wings headed into the recess on a roll, having won six straight games following a 6-3 victory over Colorado on February 12. Pavel Datsyuk collected a goal and two assists and Holmstrom and Zetterberg each netted a tally and set up another for Detroit, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second straight game.

San Jose also entered the Olympic break in impressive fashion, posting three straight victories capped by a 5-4 overtime win over Phoenix on February 12.

Patrick Marleau had two goals and Joe Thornton and Nils Ekman each added a goal and two assists for the Sharks, who got the game-winner from defenseman Tom Preissing 1:54 into the extra session.

San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov also will miss Tuesday's contest after leading Russia to a fourth-place finish in Torino. Vesa Toskala, who received a two-year extension Monday, will get the nod in his place as he seeks his fourth straight win.