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Another day of the NHL playoffs has come and gone. Easter Sunday was a happy one for San Jose Sharks fans, as they once again brought the hammer down on the Los Angeles Kings in Game 2, winning the game 7-2. Capturing the two games at SAP Center to start the series was critical, it gives them wiggle room as they head in to enemy territory. The Sharks used another scoring onslaught to defeat the Kings, and it’s got the San Jose faithful feeling extremely confident.
Based on the final score of this game, one probably wouldn’t expect that the first period was all Kings. Well, this is actually
true. The Kings built a 2-0 lead in the first period, as they looked to be making a solid rebound after the 6-3 loss in the first game of the series. The first goal, scored by Jake Muzzin, happened less than two minutes in to the game. The second goal came a little less than eight minutes later from Trevor Lewis. Things seemed to be going the Kings way from the start of the period. Not only did they post 2 goals, but Kings goalie Jonathan Quick seemed to be rebounding very well following his poor performance in game 1. No way that an olympic goalie could have two bad games in a row, right? Wrong.
The second period reminded me a lot of the first period of game 1. The Sharks came out swinging and were clearly ready to defend their home ice. About 4 and a half minutes in to the period, Mike Brown got the Sharks on the board with his first goal of the playoffs. Later, Raffi Torres added a goal and tied the game. A little less than 6 minutes later, the energy in the SAP Center became palpable when Justin Braun scored, giving the Sharks a one goal lead heading in to the second intermission.
The scoring bled in to the final period of play for San Jose. In the first 5 minutes, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski both added goals for the Sharks, giving them a 5-2 lead, which sent the crowd in to a frenzy (get it?). A few minutes later, Logan Couture was on the board for the first time in the playoffs, which gave his team a 6-2 lead. The lead would increase to 7-2 on a power play after Jarret Stoll’s high stick, the goal going to Joe Thornton. This would ultimately be the final
score of the game. The three stars of the game were all Sharks. The first one was Brown for his goal, the second one was Andrew Desjardins who added 2 assists, and the third one went to Torres for his goal.
I don’t believe any NHL fan, Shark fans included, could have realistically thought the first two games of the series would end in 13 combined goals for the San Jose Sharks, especially against a goalie like Quick. The Kings will pretty much have to win the next game to stay in it, which will be happening on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. I am positive that game 3 will easily be the most competitive game so far, and I predict a one or two goal game.
We will soon find out if the frenzy will continue.