Pavelski and Sharks take series vs. Wings after 2-1 win in game five
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Patrick Marleau scored the tiebreaking goal 6:59 into the third period and the San Jose Sharks eliminated the two-time defending Western Conference champion Detroit Red Wings with a 2-1 victory Saturday night in Game 5 of their second-round series.
Joe Thornton scored the first goal for San Jose and then set up Marleau's tally with a pass from behind the net to help the Sharks advance to the conference final for the second time in franchise history by beating Detroit 4-1 in the series.
Marleau and goalie Evgeni Nabokov are the only two players remaining from the 2004 team that lost to Calgary in six games, and both came up big in the series clincher against their nemesis, the Red Wings.
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