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Pavelski scores on first shot of game and Sharks beat slumping Red Wings 3-2

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Pavelski scores on first shot of game and Sharks beat slumping Red Wings 3-2

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DETROIT - Dominik Hasek gave up early goals in each of the first two periods of a rusty return and the San Jose Sharks beat the slumping Detroit Red Wings 3-2 on Friday night.

Joe Pavelski scored on the first shot of the game, and Devin Setoguchi had a goal 52 seconds into the second period. The rookie scored again midway through the third.

Henrik Zetterberg had his 36th goal and Mikael Samuelsson scored to pull the Red Wings within a goal with 7-plus minutes left, but they couldn't tie the game.

Evgeni Nabokov made 20 saves, helping San Jose win a fourth straight game on its eight-game road trip.

Hasek, who had been out for nearly three weeks because of a hip injury, stopped 19 shots and was unable to help the NHL-leading Red Wings break out of their funk.

Detroit has won only one of its last 11 games, slashing into its massive lead in the standings.

Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall played for the first time in a month, returning from a clavicle injury. He set up Zetterberg's power-play goal with a slap pass in the second period.

Setoguchi, recalled Thursday from the minors, deflected a shot off the net over the glass behind Hasek and scored a key goal the Red Wings disputed in vain.

Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart, acquired from Los Angeles just before Tuesday's trading deadline, made his debut and provided the hard-hitting presence the Red Wings' depleted blue-line needs.

San Jose started strong despite playing its seventh game of an eight-game road trip.

Pavelski scored 100 seconds into the game, beating Hasek on his glove save perhaps because of his rusty reflexes.

The Sharks were also the aggressors early in the second period, putting enough pressure on Hasek to set up Setoguchi on a shot from the slot.

Detroit answered 1 1/2 minutes later on a crafty play, which started with Kronwall's slap pass from above the circles to Zetterberg, who redirected the pass from the inside of the left circle past Nabokov.

Nabokov had help holding onto the lead late in the game when defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic got the shaft of his stick in the perfect place to turn away Zetterberg's shot into an open net.

Notes: The Sharks had lost the previous three games against Detroit. ... Stuart is a former Shark. ... San Jose closes its road trip Saturday at Columbus. ... The Red Wings are without key defencemen: Nicklas Lidstrom (knee), Brian Rafalski (groin) and Chris Chelios (knee).

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