Red Wings putting up a fight

San Jose Sharks' Antti Niemi stops Detroit Red Wings' Kris Draper during the first period of Game...

San Jose Sharks' Antti Niemi stops Detroit Red Wings' Kris Draper during the first period of Game 4. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 4:08 AM ET

The Red Wings are fighting for their lives.

Down 3-0 in the Western semi-final the San Jose Sharks, Detroit came out with a strong effort in the first period and hold a 3-1 lead after 20 minutes at the Joe Louis Arena.

Nick Lidstrom has scored two and Todd Bertuzzi have scored for the Wings. Logan Couture responded for the Sharks at 18:18 with a puck that appeared to just go through Jimmy Howard.

Lidstrom scored his second goal on the powerplay at 18:01 and his first when he fired a bullet by Antti Niemi from the circle on the stick side. That came after Niemi served up a huge rebound at 11:09.

The Sharks are being badly outplayed and need to find their game quickly.

Bertuzzi opened the scoring at 6:22 with a backhander. He did a spinarama in the Detroit zone, turned and fired a shot that appeared to bounce off of Sharks’ defenceman Doug Murray by Antti Niemi.

The Sharks have never swept a playoff series in their franchise history. All the Wings can hope is they’ll be able to force a Game 5 Sunday at HP Pavilion.


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