Predators and Sharks traded goals in regulation, heading to OT tied 3-3. Pavelski’s goal in first OT disallowed. Preds score in 3OT. Series tied 2-2. Back to San Jose for game 5 Saturday.
This was the second longest game in Sharks history, the longest in Predators history.
Sharks went 1/5 on man advantage. Sharks need to be better on Saturday night. They also started out with mediocre faceoffs, but improved as the night went on (regardless of the one linesman who seemed to whistle every faceoff dead if the Sharks won).
Teams will fly back to San Jose for game 5.
A loss is not fun, but that’s only their second loss of the post season, and their first regulation loss.
Game 3 postgame links
Hard to sweep in the playoffs. And that just means that Shark fans get to see their boys on Saturday for game 5.
Sharks need to get and keep their speed up to compete. And stay out of the penalty box. And continue to keep up the pressure.
Sharks are hosting Coolest Game watch party @ Stanley’s Thursday night for game 4.
A loss by one goal or a bunch is still a loss. (Sharks lost game 3 in the last series too.)
Game 3 pregame news/links
Almost made it home before the puck dropped, but got redirected, out and about until the middle of the second, and stayed in the car to listen to the rest of the game. Not sure I want to watch it now.
“On the road again.
Just can’t wait to be on the road again!”
The Sharks head to Nashville for games 3 and 4.
Game 2 postgame news/notes
Sharks are leading the series 2-0. Nashville will be pushing hard as they don’t want to go down 3-0 (and face elimination in game 4).
And it looks like the Sharks continue to write their own/new story with home ice not being the issue it “seemed to be” during the regular season, as they are up 2-0 in this series. (And they are the only team left playing that hasn’t had a regulation loss.)
Game 2 pregame news/links
In past seasons, the Sharks might have a late lead but be unable to hang onto it. This spring, the Sharks are putting their foot on the throat with more force and confidence, scoring extra empty netters and late goals, regardless of the score. This came in handy Sunday night when the ENG was the GWG after the late extra attacker goal by Nashville.
Also a huge sigh of relief after Vlasic was hit in the visor by a Weber slap shot (and suffered no injury!).
Black aces get tapped for playoffs. (That’s goalie Aaron Dell; defenseman Mirco Mueller; forwards Ryan Carpenter, Nikolay Goldobin, and Barclay Goodrow.)
Around the ice we gather for game 2. Sharks lead the series 1-0.
Game 1 post game news/links
With the Preds coming off a game 7, I knew that game 1 was for the Sharks to lose as they were the fresher team.
Now, to see if the Preds get any bounceback/recovery with another non game day. (They took Saturday off from on ice work.) And if the Sharks can improve on their first two periods, using their speed to the home team’s advantage.
On Saturday, the Preds recalled a third goalie.
With the Barracuda ousted from the AHL playoffs on Friday, there is no word yet (as of Saturday evening) of any “Black Ace” recalls for the NHL playoffs.
But there is an update on “Rally Cat”
CSN with local pre/post game shows:
Let the battle commence. (Pregame news/links)
The teams spent about the first five minutes of play feeling each other out and the Sharks worked on getting the rust out (with bad passes and missed positions). Period ended 0-0.
Predators scored in the second on their second power play, leading 1-0 after 40 minutes.
The Sharks scored five straight, including two power play goals and two empty nets, in the third. Predators desperately scored one with goalie pulled. Hutton came in relief to play the last few seconds of the game.
(And as seen on TV: there was a black cat that ran across the ice before warm ups. Not mentioned/seen at game, so perhaps it happened before the doors opened?)
Final score: Sharks 5-2