NHL: San Jose 4, Detroit 3 (OT)

May 5, 2010 at 12:02 AM

DETROIT, May 5 (UPI) -- Patrick Marleau scored in overtime Tuesday, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 win over Detroit and a 3-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.

The winning goal came as the Red Wings got caught on a shift change. Joe Thornton had space on the right side after collecting the puck at the Detroit blue line, skating down the wing and faking a shot to freeze Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

But instead he passed into the slot where Marleau was all alone, one-timing a shot into the open net 7:07 into overtime to give San Jose a commanding advantage over the defending Western Conference champs.

Logan Couture found the net in the third period to forge a tie and Evgeni Nabokov made 32 saves in the victory.

Detroit got goals from Tomas Holmstrom, Henrik Zetterberg and Dan Cleary in a losing cause.

San Jose will attempt to sweep the Red Wings in Thursday's Game 4 at Detroit.

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