San Jose Sharks' Dan Boyle, left, watches a goal by Detroit Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif. At center is Sharks goalie Antti Niemi; and Red Wings' Tomas Homstrom is at right.
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Torrey Mitchell all scored in the second period and helped the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 on Thursday night.
Joe Pavelski and Brad Winchester also had goals for the Sharks, who won for the third time in four games and extended their winning streak over the Red Wings to five, dating to last November.
Niklas Kronwall and Danny Cleary scored for the Red Wings, who have lost two straight since a four-game winning streak. Detroit has been beaten in five consecutive road games. Defenseman Brendan Smith made his long-awaited debut, but was never a factor.
Antti Niemi stopped 40 shots in the win. Jimmy Howard allowed four goals on 21 shots before being replaced by Ty Conklin, who allowed a goal on seven shots.
Kronwall gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal late in the first period. His shot from the blue line pinballed off Niemi and Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle before finding the net.
The Sharks tied it with 12 seconds remaining in the period on Pavelski's short-handed goal. Thornton raced to gather the puck, and delivered a pass to Pavelski's stick.
Thornton's second-period goal opened the gates for the Sharks. He took a pass from Logan Couture and sent it into the top right corner of the net midway through the period.
Vlasic scored three minutes later on a wraparound, and Mitchell made it 4-1 with 1:42 left in the period.
Winchester picked up a rebound in front of the net midway through the third period and scored to give the Sharks a four-goal edge.
Cleary added a power-play goal late for the Red Wings.
NOTES: Vlasic set a career high with four points. ... Thornton is 73rd on the NHL points list with 1,016. ... The Red Wings were 0 for 16 on the power play before connecting twice against the Sharks. ... Kronwall has four goals in six games. ... Pavelski scored the Sharks' second short-handed goal of the season.