Detroit Red Wings post 3-2 win at San Jose
By GIDEON RUBIN
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks are in a freefall at most inopportune time.
Dylan Larkin scored in the first minute, Jonathan Bernier had 38 saves and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Sharks 3-2 Monday night.
The Red Wings have won four of their last five games after going 1-9-3 over their previous 13.
The Sharks lost their season-high sixth (0-5-1) straight game.
Larkin scored his 28th goal on a breakaway 38 seconds into the first period, faking a forehand shot before slipping a backhander past Martin Jones.
Andreas Athanasiou scored his 29th goal on a breakaway with just under five minutes left in the second period.
Athanasiou has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his last five games.
Red Wings rookie forward Taro Hirose assisted Athanasiou’s goal. He has an assist in his first four NHL games.
“He’s really impressive, It doesn’t seem like there’s any panic in his game ever,” Larkin said. “He’s so calm with the puck. It’s clear that he wants to hold onto it and make plays.”
The Red Wings opened up a 3-0 lead when Christoffer Ehn scored a short-handed goal at 8:35 of the third period.
Three of Detroit’s last four wins have been against contending teams (Islanders, Golden Knights, Sharks).
“I think these are obviously unbelievable teams and they’ve got great players, and for us to come here on the road and show what we can do is huge for our team’s success and our confidence in this room,” Hirose said.