Wow. What a response to losing game 1. There’s only one way to sum up this win:
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It truly is a lovely day. Or night. Whichever. The San Jose Sharks came out and played a full sixty minutes on the ice against the St. Louis Blues in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals tonight. They looked great and cruised to a 4-0 win. After a somewhat slow start to the first game, this team looks to have found their legs. Tonight was truly a statement that they are ready to fight for the Cup.
The first period was a tight one. The Sharks struck early as Tommy Wingles potted his second goal of the playoffs just 2:07 into the game. With Nick Spaling screening Brian Elliot in front of the net, Wingles took a wrist shot from the center of the offensive zone and beat the goaltender on his right side to put the Sharks up 1-0. Dainius Zubris and Justin Braun got assists on the play. Martin Jones was also called upon to make a few big saves in the first, most notably against Vladimir Tarasenko.
The Sharks continued their excellent play into the second period and finally found some power-play success a little over seven minutes in. And guess who scored on the man advantage? Would you believe me if I said it was Brent Burns? Of course you would and it was! Joe Pavelski, who was in the right faceoff circle with the puck passed it over to the left where a wide open Burns blasted a one-timer past Elliott to give the Sharks some insurance. Martin Jones continued to stand tall in net and turned away all 16 shots after two.
San Jose finished the game just like how they started it, strong. While they were out-shot 5-11 this period, they shot the puck when it mattered and netted two more goals. It was Brent Burns yet again on the power-play as he sent another one-timer beaming past Brian Elliott, glove side. Burns took a pass from Patrick Marleau, who was near the blue line and passed it to Burns who was wide open. Again. I could have copy and pasted most of what I said in the last paragraph here, honestly. Burns scored his second goal of the night and pretty much put the game away. Dainius Zubris scored with nineteen seconds remaining to give the Sharks a 4-0 lead and end the game and tie the series at one.
- The Sharks scored twice on the power-play on five opportunities, after going 0-for-3 in game 1. The penalty-kill also came up huge and successfully killed all six of the Blues PP opportunities tonight.
- Martin Jones had a fantastic rebound game after letting in that soft goal in game 1 that turned out to be the decider. He was really on tonight.
- Logan Couture has now set a Sharks franchise record for most points in the playoffs at 19 after recording two assists tonight (7-12–19).
- Honestly, if the Sharks keep playing like they did tonight and can contain the Blues, we may be looking at a shorter series. I mean, our defense was great tonight, our offense was dangerous and now our PP is clicking. Things look bright for the Sharks.
Three Stars of the Game:
First: Brent Burns (2 PPG’s)
Second: Martin Jones (26 saves, shutout)
Third: Logan Couture (2 assists)
The Sharks will be back at the SAP Center this Thursday night. Puck drop will be at 6 pm Pacific time. If you live in San Jose, be sure to get your tickets and BE LOUD! Let’s show St. Louis how loud we can be. And as always, be sure to watch ‘Pucknology After Dark’, which is live after every Sharks game, win or lose. You can watch the one for this game at the top of the screen.
What was the Sharks strongest area of play tonight? Who had the biggest impact on the game? Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on twitter @sharcago and we can discuss it all!
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