San Jose Sharks right wing Ryane Clowe, center, runs into Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) during the first period of Game 7 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinal playoff series Thursday, May 12, 2011, in San Jose, Calif. At right is Brian Rafalski, and in front is Tomas Holmstrom.
Stage is set
The San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings warm up before Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals Thursday night in San Jose. After droppoing the previous three games in the series, the Sharks finally finished off the Wings with a 3-2 win.
Sharks goalie Antti Niemi stops a Red Wings shot, one of 38 saves he made in Game 7.
Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard makes one of his 27 saves in the game.
Players on the Red Wings bench stand after Henrik Zetterberg scored in the second period to cut the deficit to 2-1 in favor of the Sharks.
Splitting the D
Scott Nichol of the Sharks skates between Nicklas Lidstrom and Valtteri Filppula of the Red Wings.
Dany Heatley of the Sharks can't get his shot past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.
Red Wings right wing Daniel Cleary lies on the ice after his head accidentally collided with the elbow of teammate Jiri Hudler in the second period.
Play the puck, not the player
Sharks goalie Antti Niemi makes a save as Red Wings right wing Patrick Eaves slides into the net.
Sharks goalie Antti Niemi makes a save against the Red Wings early in Game 7.
Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings can't stop the puck from going in the net off the stick of Devin Setoguchi of the Sharks.
Keep on knockin'
Joe Thornton of the Sharks looks to get the puck through goalie Jimmy Howard of the Red Wings.