The Detroit Red Wings scored two shorthanded goals in 37 seconds to end a 100-game drought without one in a 6-2 win against the San Jose Sharks at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday.
Red Wings forward Givani Smith was given a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct at 18:16 of the first period, and the Red Wings scored twice while shorthanded and held the Sharks to two shots.
Pius Suter ended the drought at 2:04 of the second period for a 2-0 lead, and Tyler Bertuzzi made it 3-0 by finishing off a 2-on-1 break at 2:41.
Detroit hadn’t scored a shorthanded goal since Darren Helm had one in a 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Feb. 15, 2020.
Suter and Bertuzzi each scored twice, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 24 saves for Detroit (16-15-3), which had lost six of its past eight games.
San Jose (17-16-1) played without captain Logan Couture, who went into COVID-19 protocol earlier in the day. James Reimer allowed four goals on 24 shots before being replaced by Adin Hill for the third period. Hill made five saves on seven shots.
Jasper Weatherby tipped in a Brent Burns shot to make it 3-1 at 4:03, but Suter made it 4-1 at 9:32.
Alexander Barabanov pulled San Jose within 4-2 at 1:40 of the third, but Dylan Larkin (3:51) and Robby Fabbri (5:01) scored 1:10 apart to make it 6-2.
Bertuzzi gave the Red Wings a 1-0 lead at 13:02 of the first period when his pass from behind the goal line deflected in off Reimer’s stick.
Jacob Middleton did not return after sustaining an upper-body injury on Smith’s hit.