Surging Sharks shut out Red Wings 1-0

Couture scores in shootout for San Jose win

10/21/2013
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (13), of Russia, reaches for the puck, defended by San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels (57), during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Mich., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)
Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk (13), of Russia, reaches for the puck, defended by San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels (57), during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Detroit, Mich., Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

DETROIT— Logan Couture scored in the shootout and the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 1-0 on Monday night.

The Sharks (8-0-1) are the NHL’s last team without a regulation loss.

Each goalie got a shutout for not allowing a goal in 65 minutes.

Antti Niemi — who got his 24th career shutout — made 24 saves for San Jose and Jimmy Howard, who earned his 17th shutout, stopped 27 shots.

It was Niemi’s third shutout against Detroit. He also stopped Todd Bertuzzi on Detroit’s final shootout attempt with a spectacular pad save.

It was the first game of a four-game Eastern road swing for San Jose.

Detroit’s Brendan Smith hit the outside of the goal post with 4:57 remaining in regulation.

Niemi made an outstanding save on Daniel Alfredsson’s shot from the bottom of the right circle 7:31 into the second period.

San Jose outshot Detroit 7-4 in a scoreless opening period, in which the Red Wings killed off two penalties.

NOTE: Detroit D Niklas Kronwall missed his second game with a concussion suffered on Thursday night in Colorado. It was on a hit from behind by Cody McLeod, who was suspended for five games on Monday by the NHL. Kronwall’s defense partner, Jonathan Ericsson, also didn’t play because his wife went into labor on Sunday night. D Xavier Ouellet was recalled from the Wings AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids. ... San Jose recalled forwards Freddie Hamilton and John McCarthy from its AHL affiliate in Worcester. The team also assigned F Matt Pelech to the same team. . Red Wings’ G Jonas Gustavsson is the NHL’s First Star for last week. Gustavsson posted a 3-0-0 record with a 1.67 goals-against average and .953 save percentage in three Detroit wins. ... Sharks LW Patrick Marleau was the league’s Third Star with three goals and six points. ... Tampa Bay Lightning GM, Canadian Olympic GM and former Red Wings Hall of Fame player Steve Yzerman was at the game.