The San Jose Sharks head into the pivotal Game 2 showdown against the Detroit Red Wings with a golden chance to put Detroit behind the eight ball. Benn Ferriero’s overtime goal at 7:03 gave the Sharks another rare Game 1 win, and now gives San Jose the upper hand.
With experts, fans and pundits alike remarking at how rested the revenge-minded Red Wings were, the first period didn’t look like a Detroit team hungry for redemption. The talk was that this year is different, this team was different and they would exact revenge against a slow-starting Sharks team with issues at home.
Instead the Sharks took the play to the Red Wings, and dominated the Detroit depth through several long stretches.
As we discussed in our San Jose-Detroit preview, any “rust” factor doesn’t figure to last past the first game. Detroit has leadership to spare, so the Sharks must ward against any type of letdown early to prevent the Wings from starting quickly.
Here are five crucial keys to taking a 2-0 lead back to Joe Louis Arena, and recording win six of 16.