Andrew Copp scores winner in overtime as Red Wings down Sharks, 3-2
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DETROIT — If the Red Wings are going to make the playoffs a realistic possibility, they have to defeat teams lower than them in the standings.
They haven't always done that this season, but did Tuesday, defeating lowly San Jose, 3-2 in overtime.
Andrew Copp scored his fifth goal, batting in a loose puck at 25 seconds into overtime, giving the Wings (20-18-8) the win.
Goaltender Ville Husso stopped 26 shots to earn the victory.
Adam Erne and Michael Rasmussen scored second-period goals for the Wings, while Timo Meier and Logan Couture answered for the Sharks.
The Wings travel to Montreal on Thursday and the New York Islanders on Friday, before embarking on a week-long All-Star break.
After a scoreless, relatively uneventful opening 20 minutes, the teams broke the game open in the middle period.
Erne opened the game's scoring with his sixth goal, early in the second period.
Dylan Larkin whipped a shot from the high slot that Erne got his stick on and deflected past goaltender James Reimer at 2:17. The assist was the 400th career point for Larkin.
But the Sharks answered with Meier's 28th goal.
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