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Discuss: Sharks win in OT, draw series to 2-1

May 19, 2013, 12:12 AM EST

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The San Jose Sharks fell victim to a late 5-on-3 power play in Game 2. A similar situation helped them beat the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 on Saturday as Logan Couture won it 2-1 in OT.

Let’s talk about it.

  • How about Couture’s night? He went from being questionable to return from an injury to scoring the OT winner with just a little bit of time remaining on what was left of the Sharks’ PP. (It was actually down to a 5-on-4.)
  • What about the calls?¬†Were the two penalties (Robyn Regehr for hooking, Trevor Lewis for goalie interference) justified, were they examples of “make-up calls” or could it be some combination of the two?
  • The Sharks carried a heavy 40-27 shot advantage, finally besting Jonathan Quick. Even so, there’s the possibility that the reigning Conn Smythe winner is “in their heads.” Do you think that is true?
  • Joe Thornton left many stats-leaning people marveling on Twitter. Is he still an elite player? What about his Hall of Fame credentials (or lack thereof)?
  • Both teams get a big break as Game 4 won’t happen until Tuesday. Which squad benefits the most from the breather?
  • Do the Sharks need to win Game 4 to have a real chance to win this series?
  • More directly: which team do you think will advance to the Western Conference finals?
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  1. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Poetic justice!

    Kings played a GREAT game though.
    We have a series!

    • ron05342 - May 19, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      1. I don’t see where it is “poetic justice” Sharks fan.

      2. I think the Sharks outplayed the Kings all of third period. I don’t see it as a great game from the Kings, far from it.

      3. We do have a series now.

      • awade9233 - May 19, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        1. Watch last 3 minutes of game 2 to understand.
        2. Both played great, sharks just played better(and they needed to).
        3. Yes.

    • hrudey - May 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Not poetic justice – if the Sharks hadn’t deserved either penalty they took and the Kings hadn’t deserved their two, that would have been. None of the four penalties involved in making up the two 5 on 3 power plays were egregious mistakes – if you’ve got to look frame by frame to see if a puck that was launched up over the glass may have grazed a shoulder, there’s no way to fault a ref for calling that. The trip on the first Sharks penalty and the hook on the first Kings penalty are pretty much clear-cut must calls, so no problem there. And while I’d personally like to think Lewis was pushed into Niemi, there’s certainly enough there to justify the interference call. If there’s any complaining about the officials that might be merited, it’s that in the intermission, they were showing replays of Brent Burns’ game and included a play where he hit Quick on the head – plus the earlier time Quick got knocked over and it was “incidental”. But griping about officiating is the loser’s way out, and I’m disappointed in Penner in particular for allowing that trash to escape his mouth.

  2. hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    But wait, didn’t the Sharks fans tell me the officiating is terrible? Does this mean tonight’s win is tainted?

    • awade9233 - May 19, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      are you seriously going to compare what happened Thursday night with this?

      • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        In terms of people complaining about it? Absolutely.
        I don’t ever remember a year when people spent so much time complaining about the refs, this is the NHL, not the NBA, just play the game.

      • awade9233 - May 19, 2013 at 12:59 AM

        Fair enough about the complaining, but when a call or non call that is questionable decides the game, then of course people are going to react. Only reason king’s fans aren’t spamming this page with complaints is: Because they’re up 2-1, they know they caught an incredible break last game, and they are all too busy crying about it on the ESPN page.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 19, 2013 at 3:15 AM

        I assumed it was because of the 17 Kings fans, only 2 of them post on this site and were at the game.

        I’m not counting all the people who show up 15 minutes into the first and leave 6 minutes into the 3rd period like they’re at a Miami Heat game

  3. thewaytonever - May 19, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    LA played a great game they really battled. Quick was outstanding as usual but Nemo was great too. I didn’t like the delay of game or the goalie interference calls that lead to both of our goals. But as I always say win or lose it is what it is. Good win need to get game 4 and head back to LA tied

  4. gsprulz - May 19, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    3 more Sharks…lets do this!

  5. bigbadbruins77 - May 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Phew! Needed a win for my bracket. Thank you Logan! My upset pick was the sharks going to the finals. Everyone and their brother on nhl.com has picked the penguins and hawks in the finals, but whens the last time two #1 seeds met? but I forgot how good the kings can be, risky pick having to go through the kings and hawks/wings next round. eek

  6. blomfeld - May 19, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    “PHEW” INDEED !

    At least we Kings now have the chance to close this thing out in ‘style’ on home ice, eh ? :)

  7. sjsharks66 - May 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    @blom

    Are you really an elvis fan? Or do you just post those video’s because it is a part of your PHT character? (Not being a jerk, legit question)

    • blomfeld - May 19, 2013 at 2:49 AM

      Friend, I do sincerely love Elvis Presley … yes, I mostly do joke around here at PHT … however Elvis is more a part of my life and ‘who and what’ I am, than you could ever possibly imagine ! :)

      ps: truth be known I seriously hate this series, because I actually respect and like you Sharks … :(

  8. loyallakingsfan35yrs - May 19, 2013 at 3:34 AM

    Good point blomfield … Finish the series at home! Even if the kings win in five and not 4 like I predicted, deep down I know I was right with 4

  9. jacketsfan7 - May 19, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Didn’t quick get ejected?

  10. patthehockeyfan - May 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    As I posted on another story, questionable calls are going both ways in this series, and they’ve benefitted and hurt both teams.

    “Sometimes you’re the windshield; sometimes you’re the bug.” – Mary Chapin Carpenter

  11. LampyB - May 19, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Both calls looked justifiable. No question on the interference, what a bonehead move to pull. Teams need to shut their mouths after games and not mention the refs. It only adds fuel to the fire with the media and fans, I’m sick of it. Just suck it up and play.

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