Two fabulous games in net for goalie Jimmy Howard, yet two defeats for the Red Wings.

That's just one part of the frustration the Wings are feeling after losing a second consecutive game Sunday by an identical 2-1 score to San Jose.

Howard made 35 saves Sunday (44 in Game 1), probably playing as good a two games consecutively as he has in young career. But none led to victories, and the Wings find themselves in a 2-0 hole against San Jose.

"It's not satisfying because you're not getting W's," Howard said. "But you keep going and just get ready for (Game 3)."

Howard gave up a power-play goal to Sharks defenseman Ian White and a third-period snapper by defenseman Niclas Wallin that appeared to glance off a stick. Otherwise, Howard was superb, keeping the Wings close.

"He was excellent," coach Mike Babcock said. "Both goalies were real good."

Said Brian Rafalski: "It's a good sign. He's played well for us and we expect him to keep doing that, and we have to put pucks in the net."

The Sharks are trying to upset Howard's rhythm by constantly giving him a snow shower whenever Howard stops the puck and a Sharks player is around him.