Coming into Game 2, the San Jose Sharks knew it would not be easy to take a 2-0 series lead against the always stingy Nashville Predators. Pekka Rinne easily upped the ante with incredible save after save. However, Martin Jones was up to the task as well on the Sharks’ end. One team had to break through eventually, and in the second period it ended up being the boys in teal, as Couture put home a rebound opportunity on the power play to take a 1-0 lead. Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns got the assists.
However, Nashville tied it up in the third on a goal by Mattias Ekholm, his 3rd of the playoffs, assisted by Colin Wilson and Roman Josi. But the Sharks didn’t panic, as they regained the lead to make it 2-1 about 5 minutes later on Joe Pavelski’s 6th of the playoffs. Ryan Johansen would score late in the game to make it 3-2, but Joe Thornton’s empty netter would be all the Sharks would need to take Game 2 of the series.
After another solid team performance, the Sharks have seemingly shown that they are ready for anything. There’s lots of things to like about this team right now. Jones has been solid in net. The guys are scoring in front of him, but most importantly of all was the defensive effort especially displayed last night. While Brent Burns’ diving play is a 50/50 to work, it did in Game 2 breaking up an odd-man attack. If you want to go far as a team, you have to be great on both ends of the ice, and they were. Their heads were up on the play for most of the game. They made great defensive plays and at times cut off the entry into their defensive zone. In my opinion, you couldn’t have asked for a better team performance, and the Sharks of late have been feeling it.
Here are the official three stars of the game:
1) Martin Jones (.949 SV%, 2 GA)
2) Pekka Rinne (.917 SV%, 2 GA)
3) Joe Pavelski (1 goal, 2 assists)
Game 3 will be at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at 6 PM PST. Be sure to check back here on Pucknology.net for the preview on Tuesday. As always, Pucknology is your one stop for all things Sharks, including the Sharks’ 2016 playoff run, as well as anything and everything hockey.