DETROIT - The San Jose Sharks seized the momentum with the first goal of the series and then stunned the Detroit Red Wings by scoring again 24 seconds later.
Matt Carle and Mike Grier scored midway through the first period and Evgeni Nabokov made 34 saves to lead San Jose to a 2-0 victory over Detroit on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Nabokov's shutout was his first this postseason and the fifth of his career in the playoffs. He was tied for second in the NHL with seven during the regular season.
Dominik Hasek had to make just 17 saves because the Sharks played very conservatively after taking the two-goal lead.
Game 2 is Saturday in Detroit.
Entering the series, home ice was regarded as perhaps the only advantage the top-seeded Red Wings had against the fifth-seeded Sharks.
It was a much different start for Detroit after taking 2-0 leads midway through the first period in each of its first two games in the first round against Calgary.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Jason Spezza scored 90 seconds into the game, and Ottawa took a 4-0 first-period lead over New Jersey in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal.
Joe Corvo, Dean McAmmond, Dany Heatley and Wade Redden also scored for Ottawa.
Travis Zajac, Brian Gionta and Andy Greene scored for the Devils to cut the Ottawa lead to 4-3 early in the second period.
Scott Gomez beat Senators goaltender Ray Emery in close later in the period.
Redden restored the Senators' two-goal lead on a power play in the opening minute of the third period.
Zach Parise scored with 30 seconds left to bring the Devils within one goal.
Emery finished with 26 saves.
Game 2 is Saturday at New Jersey.
New Jersey played without captain Patrik Elias, who was sidelined with the effects of a lingering cold.
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