Hey folks, here we are again in a do or die game for Los Tiburones. Edmonton has pushed the Sharks to the brink of of the golf links and a long summer of what if. Now that the sting (or stink) of the Game 5 OT loss has lessened slightly, I can face the fact that the younger, faster Oilers just might be moving on to play the Anahymen Ducks in round 2.
Not so fast you say? I get that, what about the team that put up a touchdown on the slippery suckers from the Great White North? Well, lets hope they show up today. Get the lead early and score often. That’s my strategy for forcing a Game 7.
Coach Todd McClellan knows the Sharks well and did a masterful job convincing his team to put their 7-0 loss in Game 4 behind them. Oil Captain Connor McDavid was a relentless force in Game 5 and his fellow Oil came at the Sharks with speed and skill, knocking them back on their heels, in spite of San Jose taking a 3-1 lead midway through the second period.
From that point on, Martin Jones was the Sharks best player, making 44 saves to keep them in the game as Edmonton continued to attack in waves. Brent Burns cavalier attempt to clear the puck went over the glass for a delay of game penalty. An ill advised penalty to say the least, and Edmonton made them pay scoring a PPG with 1:27 left in the second period, 3-2 Sharks.
San Jose tried to defend their lead in the 3rd period, and were 2:36 away from winning when the Oilers scored to tie it. From that point on and into overtime, it was all Oily as they outshot the Sharks 14-2 in the extra period. David (who) Desharnias scored the game winner at 18:14.
Now that I have purged my sick feeling (almost), by recounting the count of my despair (a 4-3 loss) after scoring 3 straight goals to take the lead,(maddening), what next San Jose? Hey Coach Pete DeBoer, you got anything different to offset Edmonton’s speed? Joe Thornton, will you cement your legacy as great but not good enough (again)? Joe Pavelski, will you find your magic again? Brent Burns, WTF?