The San Jose Sharks completed one of the best and most exciting comebacks in NHL history. Not only did they come back after trailing 1-3 in the series, but they managed to erase a 0-3 deficit at home against the Vegas Golden Knights and win after overtime, 5-4
And that is not the end. The Sharks who were down three goals, scored four times during a power play after Cody Eakin’s major penalty and a game misconduct.
But wait, there is still more to be told. On all this, there comes an overtime goal — a late one. Barclay Goodrow beat March Adre Fleury with 1:41 until the end of the additional 20 minutes.
This completed one of the most interesting and memorable games ever seen in the NHL. The players, the coaching staff, the fans, and the entire SAP Center couldn’t believe what happened.
The Golden Knights member also.
“Last year, we were in the Stanley Cup Final, and it was tough to lose,” Vegas coach Gerard Gallant said. “Tonight was tougher than that, it really was, the way we lost.”
The guests from Nevada are very angry at the referees. Coach Galant and the players were furious after the game because the officials gave a major penalty to Eakin during which the Shark’s turned the whole game upside down. From their point of view, that wasn’t right, and the referees directly affected the game and the final result.
“They called five minutes for that? Why don’t you have hockey replay or something? It changed the whole outcome of the game,” forward Jonathan Marchessault was out of rage after the match, “You just called the outcome. It’s a joke, that’s what it is. It’s embarrassing.”
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Eakin cross-checked Joe Pavelski who then suffered a hit from Paul Stastny and fell on the ice, bleeding. He was later escorted to the locker room, for further medical evaluation. When this happened, 11 minutes were left until the end of the contest. Many fans were desperate because their leader had to go out.
The whole situation seemed to motivate the rest of the Sharks’ players to rally, and to go out strong and play the rest of the match with everything they had.
“I think they saw a guy that they love and respect in some distress and wanted to do what they could to help the situation, which was try and get some goals and get us back in the game,” Peter DeBoer explained how he saw a miraculous comeback of his guys.
And one after another, the goals started coming. Logan Couture at 9:20 into the period, Tomas Hertl 10:09, Couture again 12:53, and Kevin Labanc 13:21.
In no time, the situation has changed, and the SAP Center was roaring from excitement. Some of the players said that in their respective careers, they have never heard such a noise, like the one after San Jose’s fourth goal.
Still, the Golden Knights managed to pull together after the shock. Jonathan Marchessault tied with 47 seconds until the end of the regulations, and the game had to see the overtime.
Game 6 ended with Sharks winning after OT, and all their fans hoped to see the same.
Goodrow brought an enormous amount of joy for them with his score. After taking the puck from Erik Karlsson, he went towards the goal and beat Fleury. The 26-year old left winger couldn’t explain how he netted, and was still in a state of shock when he spoke to the reporters after the match.
“To be honest I can’t really remember what just happened,” Goodrow said. “It was a pretty surreal moment. Definitely the biggest goal of my career, obviously.”
The Sharks are now facing the Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference semis. Just a few believed in their success, as they played with the No.1 seed in the West, Calgary Flames. Jared Bednar’s boys easily trashed one of the Stanley Cup favorites closing the series in five games, which now calls for the utmost attention among the Sharks.
These two teams already met three times this season, and San Jose won each time. The first game was played in Denver, and Sharks won 4:5. Next two were in California, 4:3 and 5:2. As you can see there are a lot of goals involved in their meetings, which indicates that this might be one very amusing matchup.
Series starts this Saturday in San Jose.
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