It was a comeback to end all comebacks, with the San Jose Sharks fighting back from a 3-1 series deficit and a 3-0 deficit entering nearly halfway through the third period of Game Seven to knock the Vegas Golden Knights out of the post-season.
Describing Tuesday’s Game Seven doesn’t do it justice, but we can attempt it.
Vegas jumped out in front with a three-goal lead going into 9:20 of the third period. Goals from William Karlsson, Cody Eakin and Max Pacioretty – his fifth of the series – put them within a few minutes of knocking out the Sharks.
But then came a critical misconduct to Eakin and the Sharks struck in the Tank, delivering an ending to Vegas’ sophomore playoff performance that ran the table despite a scary injury to Joe Pavelski and what was a controversial penalty call.
With San Jose’s Kevin Labanc leading the charge on a four-point tear over the course of just a few minutes, the Sharks went from a 3-0 deficit to a 4-3 lead in under five minutes. They struck four times across the Reaves major, with goals from Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl and Labanc.
Suddenly, Vegas was against the ropes and the Sharks were on top. With under a minute to go, the Golden Knights pulled off some heroics of their own in their first-ever Game Seven and Jonathan Marchessault put the contest even at 19:13 of the third period.
Talk about drama.
With almost all of the first overtime in the bag, the Sharks at last struck – following a critical chance from Timo Meier – and Barclay Goodrow put the game and the series away on Marc-Andre Fleury.
What a game.
From Labanc’s record-setting third period to Goodrow’s closing heroics to a comeback for the ages, this was a game and a half. The last time a club snagged four goals on a power play was in April of 1998 when the St. Louis Blues scooped the Los Angeles Kings.
The Sharks will go on to face the Colorado Avalanche, who knocked the Calgary Flames out of the post-season and has one of the most blistering attacks in hockey.
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