Sharks OT win not without controversy

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2019

A popular theme in San Jose's playoff run is for the Sharks to win a championship for Thornton, who remains ringless as he approaches the end of his National Hockey League career. Let's not forget: That game went to overtime and Vegas could have scored any time in the 18:18 leading up to that point to win it.

The Blues trailed 2-0 after one and 3-1 in the second before rallying. "Some of them get called, some get missed". Some would argue really, really lucky. We've had calls go against us, and we've had calls go for us, and we're still standing. The NHL apologized to Vegas for the error, and the officials who worked that game haven't worked again in the playoffs. Officials determined that Gabriel Landeskog was offside on the play while changing at the bench, a rare - if correct - call.

Assist-machine Erik Karlsson came up huge for the Sharks in Wednesday's Game 3 with two goals, putting him within reach of the scoring title, but if the Sharks can win the Cup, we're looking at Couture for the Conn Smythe right now.

That the Lightning didn't stick around in this postseason is certainly a shock, but that the Sharks are in the Western Conference final absolutely should not be. They believe they've been good. Through three games Jones has done just that, but not because he's played well, rather because he just hasn't played worse than Binnington, who is in poor form. "These games mean so much", Couture said after Game 2, adding that he "won't be satisfied" until his Sharks claim the Stanley Cup. The team with the loser reputation stretching back years is now not only good enough to win all these games, but they're doing it in an infuriating, avoidable fashion. "For anybody to minimize that, I think is disrespectful to our group and what we've done".

I know Vegas has every right to be mad about that major, but they also maybe should have tried not-conceding four goals on one power play to blow a three-goal lead nearly halfway through the third period of a Game 7. "I think at the end of the day, it boils down to finding ways to win, and every team goes through adversity throughout the course of the playoffs. There's been a lot of different types of scenarios that haven't gone our way that we've been able to push through and find a way to be successful".

While the Sharks, on paper, are hand over fist the better team, the Blues have actually handed them a very competitive series thus far. "I have nothing to say about it". "[Against Vegas], our first-unit power play executed that to perfection".

The one against Vegas that gifted San Jose the five-minute major instead of the deserved two-minute minor was a bad call but an understandable one because blood was on the ice and all that. Perron tied it by beating Jones on the stick side with a wrist shot from the left dot with 3:57 left.

Karlsson addressed a question about the game-winning sequence by telling reporters, "Well, we weren't playing handball, were we?"

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