Talk about kicking off the second period with a bang …
After exiting the opening frame up 1–0, the Detroit Red Wings scored two shorthanded goals just 37 seconds apart early in the second to triple their lead.
The sequence of events started late in the first period, when Red Wings forward @Givani Smith was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding Sharks defenseman @Jacob Middleton. 3:16 of Smith’s penalty carried over into the middle frame.
With just over a minute remaining in the infraction, Red Wings forward @Pius Suter managed to steal the puck away from @Brent Burns at the blue line and skated into the Sharks’ zone all alone. He easily lifted the puck over @James Reimer for his seventh goal of the season, giving the Red Wings a 2–0 lead.
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Less than a minute later, the Red Wings managed to break out of their own zone and immediately entered the Sharks’ zone on a 2-on-1 rush.
@Carter Rowney fed the puck over to @Tyler Bertuzzi, who immediately fired a heavy wrister past Reimer to give the Red Wings a 3–0 lead. @Moritz Seider picked up the secondary assist on Bertuzzi’s 15th goal of the season (and his second of the game).
Tuesday’s game marked the first time the Red Wings have scored two shorthanded goals on the same penalty kill since Dec. 17, 1999, when Brendan Shanahan and Doug Brown beat Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy with goals 11 seconds apart.
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The Red Wings currently lead the Sharks 4–1 late in the second period. Five minutes after @Jasper Weatherby scored to cut Detroit’s lead to 3–1, Suter responded with his second of the game to restore the three-goal lead.