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Sharks tie series with OT win, doubts still linger

Apr 17, 2010, 2:00 AM EDT

seto.jpgIt’s just one game and one goal, but it may have made all the
difference in the world.

As the clock was winding down on the San
Jose Sharks in the third period against the Colorado Avalanche, facing a
one-goal deficit and the wall named Craig Anderson, instantly thoughts
across the hockey-verse turned to what would be next for the Sharks. If
they dropped both games at home to start their first round series
against the Avalanche, there’s no telling what might have at happened in
the Shark Tank. The fans might have pulled it to pieces.

As it
was, we were already discussing the offseason moves that might be ahead
for the Sharks.

With 32 seconds remaining, Joe Pavelski scored
perhaps the biggest goal of his career and the biggest one for the
Sharks in a very, very long time to tie the game 5-5. The Sharks had
been building momentum throughout the third period, and used that last
minute goal to propel themselves into overtime. Devin Setouguchi put the
finishing touches on one heck of a comeback by the Sharks, as his power
play goal 5:22 into overtime won the game and tied the series 1-1.

Despite
the big win for the Sharks, in which they tied the score five times
before ultimately winning, there’s going to be some questions moving
forward and it’s all going to start in net. Evgeny Nabokov has not
played well in the first two games, and if it weren’t some incredibly
weak defensive play by the Avalanche in the third period and overtime
there’s almost no question that he shouldn’t start next game.

As
it is, he allowed five goals on just 22 shots (the Sharks had 52 shots
on Craig Anderson), and as Steve Lepore said
perfectly on Twitter
: “Craig Anderson is goaltending. Nabokov is
standing in front of a net.”

I’m also certain there will be some
hell raised by the Avalanche on a number of missed or blown calls by the
officials, especially on questionable hits, and I’m certain they won’t
be happy with the ticky-tack penalty called in overtime that led to the
Sharks goal. We’ll have more on that in the morning, for certain.

For
now, the Sharks enjoy a big win. They shouldn’t rest easy, however, as
they are still playing like a team that is serious trouble of being
upset, once more.

  1. James Shimota - Apr 17, 2010 at 1:17 PM

    the summation of this article, I agree with – for the most part. The play of the sharks was noticeably improved from 1st to 3rd, and the terrible performance of Nabokov nearly did in the sharks. The officiating was poor, but lets be clear… it was on both sides as it usually is. The call on setoguchi going to the net was not even disputed by the sharks, I would have. There were a number of interference penalties going both ways that didn’t get called and a hit on clowe down the left boards to me was pretty aggregish (sp?). I didn’t see either coach getting too upset, and in a close game the refs let em play rather than deteriorate the game. When the lamestream media starts the drumbeat about officiating, it detracts from the game. Colorado had a number of chances to put this away and didn’t … I’m going to go out on a limb and say this was an excellent game to watch. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.
    Shu. San Jose

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