SAN JOSE – It took nearly half of the season, but the Sharks finally reached five goals in a game.
In fact, they even got to six.
Joe Pavelski scored twice, while Joonas Donskoi, Mirco Mueller, Patrick Marleau, and Mikkel Boedker also found the back of the net in a 6-3 Sharks win over Detroit at SAP Center on Saturday night.
The Sharks (24-14-2, 50 points) snapped a three-game losing streak (0-2-1), and earned a season split with Detroit (17-18-5, 39 points).
Trailing 1-0, the Sharks reeled off three straight scores in three-and-a-half minutes before the first intermission and didn’t look back.
Donskoi managed to get a piece of a Tommy Wingels shot from the high slot, and it bounced into the net off of Detroit’s Riley Sheahan. The Red Wings challenged for goalie interference, as Kevin Labanc was creating havoc in front, but the goal stood at 15:59.
Exactly 90 seconds later, Mueller powered home a slap shot from the point with Marleau screening goalie Jared Coreau, giving San Jose a lead it would keep. For Mueller, who was playing his fifth game of the season while Marc-Edouard Vlasic and David Schlemko remain out, it was his first goal since Oct. 30, 2014.
Marleau got his second goal in as many games at 19:31, when his shot hit a defending Danny DeKeyser’s stick blade and fluttered through.
That was it for Coreau, as Petr Mrazek replaced him to start the second.
After a scoreless middle frame, the Sharks upped their lead to 5-1 in the third. Pavelski deflected a low Burns feed to the top corner at 1:50, while Boedker – who was a healthy scratch on Thursday – got a piece of a Burns blast at 4:11, ending a 28-game goal drought for the offseason addition.
Anthony Mantha brought the Wings back to within 5-2 with a rebound goal at 4:43, but Pavelski chipped in his second of the night and 15th of the year at 10:31.
Andreas Athanasiou’s goal with 6:14 to go capped the scoring.
The Sharks improved to 15-6-0 against the Eastern Conference this season. They are 9-8-2 against the Western Conference.
Thomas Vanek put Detroit up 1-0, when his shot from the top of the circle struck Justin Braun’s skate and slid through Martin Jones’ five hole at 12:49 of the first period.
Detroit won the only other meeting of the season between the teams on Oct. 22, 3-0, in what was San Jose’s final game at Joe Louis Arena.
Both of the Sharks’ power plays came in the first period while the game was still scoreless. They failed on both, and are 14-for-99 since Nov. 1 (14.1 percent). Marleau went back to the top power play unit, in place of Ward.
Detroit got just one power play with 2:04 left in regulation, and did not score. The Red Wings are without a road power play goal in 17 games, going an incredible 0-for-51 over that span.
Jones ended a personal three-game losing streak with 31 saves, improving to 20-13-2. He has started 12 of the last 13 games.
Coreau was coming off of his first NHL shutout in Los Angeles on Thursday, and allowed three goals on 15 shots before exiting. Mrazek made 17 saves on 20 shots, and got the loss to fall to 9-10-3.
Pavelski recorded his 42nd career multi-goal game, and first this season.
Micheal Haley came out of the lineup for the first time in eight games, allowing Boedker to get back in.
Detroit was without several key players due to injury including Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader, Mike Green and Niklas Kronwall.
The Sharks will visit Alberta for a pair of important division games against the Oilers on Tuesday and Calgary on Wednesday. Their game with the Oilers will also be the team’s first appearance at the brand new Rogers Place.