The Magic Is Back! Sharks beat Devils 4-3 in Shootout
Writing a full recap for this game would be pointless, but allow me to sum it up with a half-recap.
The Sharks fell down 2-0 to the Devils on two nice, clean goals, one on a powerplay by Patrik Elias, one a nice penalty shot move by Zach Parise.
But midway through the 2nd period, Joe Thornton scored on a play that looked offside, but wasn’t called. This brought the Sharks back in the game. Then a minute later, the puck bouced off Ryane Clowe’s skate into the Devils net to tie the game.
But the Devils showed resilience, and took the lead back with little over 6 minutes remaining the 3rd period. Cut to the last minute of the game, about 30 seconds left, someone kicks the stick out of Devils’ goalie Johan Hedberg’s hand, not to mention Logan Couture boxing him in against his goal line, which allowed Joe Pavelski to tie the game with 3 minutes left.
The overtime was uneventful, but the Devils once again took the lead in the shootout on a nice shot-fake-backhand-move by Ilya Kovalchuk. The Sharks were behind the eight ball yet again, and yet again they got exactly what they needed. Michal Handzus missed on his shootout attempt, hitting the post clean on, but the puck bounced back out, off of Johan Hedberg’s back, and across the goal line by an inch or two.
This tied the shootout, and Ryane Clowe sealed the win by scoring the Sharks only goal that wasn’t surrounded by crazy circumstances.
In my last blog I mentioned all the crazy comebacks the Sharks had last year, many of the fortuitous variety, and followed that up my saying “I have a feeling (the magic will return friday against the New Jersey Devils).”
Well, it did. Big time. And I think Sharks fans can expect more of this as the season goes on.
Overall, whenever you fall behind 2-0 to a team that can’t score, you’re not doing much right, and you certainly don’t deserve to come out with the win. But the Sharks needed the 2 points tonight more than anything, so the performance that got them the W is really irrelevant. All that matters today is they got the win. It’s tomorrow that performances like this make you worry about.