Down 4-0 in 2nd … Sharks Win 6-5

Posted on April 20, 2011 by


In the 3rd game of the Stanley Cup playoffs the Kings decided to come out firing, scoring the first two goals of the game less than 3 minutes into the first period (W. Mitchell -1- 2:26, and K. Clifford -2- 2:39). Down 2-0 early gave the Sharks and a wake up call and raised the blood pressure of us San Jose fans.  The Sharks are able to kill their first penalty, but that doesn’t stop Handzus from putting one last goal with 1:38 to go in the first.

            Clearly the Sharks needed the first break to figure out what was going wrong and how to fix it.  Yet, it took some more time. 44 seconds into the second Brad Richardson wrists one past Niemi.  Apparently it took and 0-4 start to get San Jose to take this game seriously.  The Sharks started their come back 3:02 into the period with a mis-direct tap in by Marleau from Dan Boyle… and THE EPIC COMEBACK BEGINS
Then with 13:07 left Ryane Clowe puts in a wrister on a Sharks powerplay.

The sharks continue their route scoring their third goal with 6:28 left, Logan Couture putting a one-timer where my mamma puts the peanut butter, top shelf.

            Ryan Smith attempted to stop the Shark’s momentum scoring a backside tap in with 6:13 left in the period, but that wouldn’t be enough.  In the last minute and a half, San Jose showed their playoff caliber hockey skills.  Clowe puts in his second goal from the backside slot (1:25 left) Pavelski ends the period strong, flipping a bouncing puck over the glove of Quick with 31 seconds left to go.  So what looked to be a night of routes (Chicago embarrassing the Canucks 7-2) turned into an incredible night for California hockey.

As the third period becomes underway the Sharks seem to have the power and intensity, with chance after chance and shot after shot.  As the time ticked away, possession of the puck meant everything. As both sides fought for possession between the blue lines, neither team was able to capitalize.  However, the Sharks do have one thing that the Kings are lacking so far, a strong over time presence.  So just like game one, when the Sharks take LA into OT, they take advantge.  Just 3:09 into OT, Devon Setoguchi snipes in a wrister from the back-side off a pass from Patrick Marleau.

This victory doesn’t just put San Jose up one in the first round of the playoffs, it sends a message to everyone from Southern California, that it takes the whole 60 minutes to take down San Jose, no matter how man goals you score.  And with that, the Sharks take the momentum with one more game down south before heading back to the Shark tank.  If the Sharks can come back from down 4, I am taking the sharks to take the next two games and move ahead in the race for the Cup.

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