"We need a complete team effort in order to beat a team like Detroit, especially here and we didn't get it," said San Jose coach Ron Wilson. "We'll just throw it away and move on to the next game."
With the victory, Detroit moved closer to clinching the top spot in the Western Conference. The Red Wings have 102 points, seven more than idle Dallas.
The Sharks remained in 10th place in the conference. They are only one point behind Los Angeles and Edmonton.
Holmstrom opened the scoring 1:47 into the second period when he tipped Mathieu Schneider's shot from the point past Nabokov. It was Holmstrom's 24th goal.
Williams made it 2-0, with his 17th of the season, 1:18 into the third period when he converted a pass from Lang in front of the net, after Lang had stolen the puck from Alyn McCauley.
"It was a bang-bang play," said McCauley. "I thought it was going to the point. It hit a shin pad kind of in the middle. I think that we went and forced the pass from Lang. They're talented players, they find those passes."
Yzerman's 10th goal came on a power-play 1:18 later, when he put in a loose puck from in front of the net with Christian Ehrhoff in
the penalty box. Samuelsson added his 21st with 6:18 remaining.
The first period was scoreless as the Red Wings outshot the Sharks 11-9.
Samuelsson returned after missing nine games with a sore wrist. ... Red Wings right winger Dan Cleary missed the game with the flu. ... San Jose left winger Scott Thornton missed his fifth game with a rib injury. ... Lidstrom leads all NHL defensemen with 71 points.
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Arena: Joe Louis Arena Location: Detroit, Michigan
Referees: Rob Shick, Brad Watson Linesmen: Don Henderson, Mark Wheler
Attendance: 20,066 (100.0% full)
Team Stat Comparison
Power Play Goals
Power Play Opportunities
Shots on Goal
No scoring this period
Tomas Holmstrom (24)
Assists: Mathieu Schneider, Brendan Shanahan
Jason Williams (17)
Assist: Robert Lang
Steve Yzerman (10)
(Power Play) Assists: Nicklas Lidstrom, Robert Lang
Mikael Samuelsson (21)
Assists: Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom