How strange, I didn’t hear Cartman from ‘South Park’ chanting “go Kings go” at the end of the game last night. Could it be because the San Jose Sharks went into Staples Center with a 1-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings and a few hours later they left Los Angeles with a 2-0 lead after beating the home team 2-1? That’s probably it! Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist and Logan Couture scored the eventual game-winning goal for San Jose in another intense playoff game.
It was another heavy hitting game as both California teams once again showed how much they don’t like each other, but their play seemed tighter all around, preventing the type of high scoring we saw in game one. But, of course, that didn’t stop the captain Joe Pavelski from scoring his third goal of the series just 3:37 into the first period. As the puck was rolling around on a broken play, Brent Burns made a quick pass to Pavs and he shot a wicked wrister past Jonathan Quick’s glove side. Tomas Hertl provided a screen in front of the net that may have prevented Quick from even seeing the puck.
In the second period, San Jose doubled their lead when they went to a 5-on-3 powerplay. Knowing that this was a huge moment in the game, the Sharks didn’t waste any time cashing in on this opportunity. Just 30 seconds into the PP, Joe Pavelski took a shot from the bottom of the left circle that sent Quick sliding across the crease. Logan Couture was rewarded for his fighting in front of the net when the rebound from Pavelskis shot went right to him. He had an empty net in front of him and buried his first goal of the series. Shortly afterwards, the Kings started getting some good chances, but Martin Jones (who has looked great these first two games) was there to stop them and made some fantastic saves. He ended the night with 26 saves on 27 shots.
The Sharks went into the third with a 2-0 lead and had to simply try and preserve it for 20 minutes. Unfortunately for them, the Kings came into the final frame with fire in their eyes and kept the pressure on San Jose for a majority of the period. They finally found the back of the net with 5:01 left in regulation when Vincent Lecavalier found the puck during a mad scramble in front of Jones’s crease and cut the Sharks lead in half. That wouldn’t be enough though and the Sharks would hold on to take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The Sharks will head back to San Jose for game 3 in what is sure to be a true test, as they have been excellent on the road but sub-par at home. Whether that translates to the playoffs remains to be seen. You can catch game 3 at 7:30 pm this Monday. Time to get loud Sharks fans!
Official three stars of the game:
First Star: Joe Pavelski (Goal, Assist)
Second Star: Martin Jones (26 Saves)
Third Star: Marian Gaborik
And as always, be sure to watch ‘Pucknology After Dark’ for our reactions on the game among other things. The Youtube page can be found here.