Luke Glendening (Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
Luke Glendening may only have nine career NHL goals, but he’s already gotten himself some highlight reel material. With the Red Wings and Sharks tied at two, Glendening buried a spinning backhander to give Detroit a 3-2 victory.
Heading in to Thursday night, Luke Glendening had suited up for each of Detroit’s 59 games and had scored only seven goals. As such, it was a surprise when Glendening scored against San Jose, but it was twice as unexpected when you see the goal itself.
With the Sharks and Red Wings tied at 2 and less than two minutes left on the clock, the Wings line of Glendening, Gustav Nyquist and Justin Abdelkader got some sustained pressure in the offensive zone. Nyquist spotted Glendening in front as the puck wrapped back behind the Sharks’ net, shuffled a pass out front to him and Glendening did the rest. Check out his spinning finish:
The goal, Glendening’s eighth of the season, is just the second game-winning goal of his career. While that may seem like a low total, considering that Glendening has nine career goals, that’s a pretty good ratio.
Detroit’s win was their first on their current California swing, as they had dropped back-to-back games to Anaheim and Los Angeles before downing the Sharks 3-2. With the loss, San Jose has dropped consecutive contests at the most critical point of the season. The Sharks now sit three points back of the Minnesota Wild for the final wild-card spot.