Dan Boyle wound up, took a slapshot during the powerplay, and watched it drill into the back of the net, beating Craig Anderson only 1:12 into the first. This was redemption.
Did it make up for the goal-against in overtime the game before? No. But Boyle’s goal went on to take the Sharks into overtime, where this time, they won.
Joe Pavelski scored the game winner in overtime, netting the puck a little after 10 minutes into the extra period.
The Sharks came out of the gate hot, playing like their playoff hopes depended on the outcome of the game. They did. Last year, the Sharks fell into the 3-1 hole against Anaheim, and never fully recovered. Now, the Sharks are 2-2, and heading home for game five.
However, San Jose could not keep up their fierce play for the whole game. Paul Stastny scored on the powerplay for the Avalanche, tying the game at one. The Sharks began to look listless until OT, where San Jose dominated and was rewarded with a goal, and the win.
The San Jose Sharks were expected to dominate this series, but every game has been decided by a single goal. The youthful Avs are putting up an impressive fight. Three games in a row have gone to overtime, and the first game was less than a minute away from an extra period.
The Avalanche played well, but they didn’t get their bounce. The Sharks played just a tad bit better, and got the win.
The Sharks are looking to get goals from their top line of Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, and Patrick Marleau. The trio scored 40% of the team’s goals in the regular season, but have yet to record a single goal in the post season.
Hopefully the HTML line feeds off of the home-crowd energy and breaks out of their funk. The Sharks need to be firing on all cylinders to bury the Avs and move on.