Sharks Take Bite Out of Wings

Hasek appears rusty in return between the pipes for Detroit
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 29, 2008 11:42 PM CST
San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) tries to screen Detroit Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek, of the Czech Republic, from seeing a shot in the second period of an NHL game Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dominik Hasek returned from a three-week layoff thanks to a hip injury, and was greeted with a goal by Joe Pavelski on the first shot he faced in a 3-2 home loss to San Jose. Rookie Devin Setoguchi, called up from the minors on Thursday, had the Sharks' other two goals as they won their fourth straight on their road trip.

With its tenth loss in 11 games, Detroit has seen its Western Conference lead shrink to three points over the Dallas Stars. Rugged defenseman Brad Stuart, acquired at the trade deadline Tuesday, made his presence felt in his first game with the Wings. Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic preserved the lead with a stick save in the crease late in the game. (Read more hockey stories.)