A tight-checking game at San Jose left the Red Wings with a 3-1 record as they returned home Friday from their longest road trip of the season.

They lost, 2-0, at HP Pavilion, thwarted by a banked puck and a giveaway that gave the Sharks their second victory of the season over Detroit. Otherwise the excursion to California and Arizona went very well, beginning with two straight victories at Anaheim, Calif., against the Ducks, who at the time had only lost once at home.

"I think we've come together pretty good," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We're doing the little things right. I think we're sticking to the plan, and I think the special teams has been good this trip. We just have to keep building on that. Overall, I think we're doing a lot of things right. We've just got to keep doing it."

The Wings played with cohesion they didn't have the first half of the season. Before Thursday's game -- which saw only one penalty called -- the Wings' power play had scored in eight straight games.

"I think we're definitely on the right track," defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. "We're all pulling in the same direction and guys are coming together as a group. I think we're building some more chemistry as we go along, and we've done some good things on this road trip."