DETROIT (AP) — Joe Pavelski scored his ninth goal of the season, Martin Jones made 26 saves and the San Jose Sharks beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night.
Melker Karlsson and Matt Nieto also scored for the Sharks, who improved to 7-1 in Detroit since the 2010-11 season.
Tomas Tatar and Teemu Pulkkinen scored for the Red Wings, and Jimmy Howard finished with 11 saves.
Pavel Datsyuk made his season debut for Detroit after missing the first 15 games due to off-season ankle surgery. He received a standing ovation when coming onto the ice for his first shift.
The game was played with “enhanced security measures” in place at Joe Louis Arena because of the Paris attacks, according to the Red Wings.
The Red Wings took a quick lead, with Tatar taking a pass from Dylan Larkin and flicking a wrist shot past Jones at 3:13.
However, San Jose tied it about 4 1/2 minutes later. Howard missed a poke check on Joe Thornton, allowing him to circle behind the net and set up Karlsson for his first goal of the season.
The Sharks took a 2-1 lead with 2:08 left in the opening period, as Howard stopped Nieto’s wrap-around attempt, but Nieto knocked home the rebound.
The Sharks made it 3-1 with their 10th shot of the game at 10:23 of the second, as Paul Martin’s slap shot from the point was deflected past Howard by Pavelski. Datsyuk had a great chance late in the period, but Jones stopped him at point-blank range.
Tatar beat Jones for the second time early in the third period, only to see his shot bounce off the goal post. The Red Wings cut the deficit to 3-2 on a fluky goal at 18:08, as Pulkkinen’s shot from the point was heading wide until it banked off Justin Braun’s leg and past Jones.
NOTES: Red Wings D Kyle Quincey is expected to miss nine to 12 weeks after scheduled surgery this weekend for bone chips in his right ankle. Alexey Marchenko will continue to fill in for Quincey. … Pavelski’s second-period goal was the 499th point of his career.