Eighth-seeded Edmonton answered back at home with a 3-2, triple-overtime victory at Rexall Place, then rifled off three more wins in succession to send the favored Sharks home.
Given the fact these two teams did nothing but trade compliments for the first three days of the final, this was a big topic of discussion when Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan held a conference call with the media before the club’s flight to San Jose on Thursday. People are going to want to tell you how well Pittsburgh’s playing, how poorly you’re playing, how you have no chance to win.
Burns and his teammates promised repeatedly they would be sharper and more focused faced with the prospect of heading home in a 2-0 hole, pointing to their 5-1 record this postseason in games immediately following a loss as proof of their resilience.
The Stanley Cup final doesn’t just look different from the Sharks first three series this spring, the warning DeBoer issued to reporters is a significant departure from the confidence he’s spoken with throughout the playoffs.
DeBoer though refused to get sucked into negative thinking.
The team that has won the second game of the seven-game series has ended up hoisting the Cup almost 74 percent of the time since 1939, when the Final expanded to the current format, and in nine of the past 13 Game 2s.
“This might take seven games”. I’m not concerned about it.
“I think we can always adjust to things that they do”, he said.
It is their first 2-0 advantage in a series since the second round against Ottawa in 2013.
It will be a virtual must-win for the Sharks, although precedent suggests San Jose’s fate might already be settled: this is the 11th time in Sharks history that they’ve started a series 0-2. “I think we’ll be better tomorrow than we were in Game Two”.
Pittsburgh Penguins Conor Sheary celebrates game victor against the Sharks in overtime. It gave the Sharks something to smile about, but it didn’t last very long.
The Penguins managed only one shot on Sharks goalie Martin Jones before Martin returned. “You expect a really desperate hockey team”. Or should it be expected that the Sharks turn things around in Game 3? Home ice, obviously, has its advantages: the last change to better match up lines, the hometown fans to fire a team up and perhaps even more favorable officiating.
The Sharks sped off the ice, as losing teams tend to do after an overtime goal has been scored against them. His first goal of these playoffs a shot from just outside the top of the right circle that made its way under Murray’s glove and off the post before crossing the line gave the Sharks a needed jolt with their chances at a first championships teetering.
“It’s a tough building to play in”. It seems like they’re trying to feed the puck to Kessel on the left-side, but his style isn’t conducive to quick shots. “You’re going to have to wait for your opportunities, you’re going to have to cash in”. “There’s so much to take pride in when you look at where we started”. After going 18-20-3 during the regular season at SAP Center, the Sharks have made the most of their barn in the playoffs, going 7-2 against the Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues. Now, these Penguins – not even in playoff contention at Christmas – are in position for a finals sweep, too, though winning twice in San Jose will be a considerable task.
“We’ve definitely shown we can play”, Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said.
“He cheats and gets away with it”, Couture said.
Jim: Yes, that certainly seemed like some bad luck.Though with how many times those guys shoot and * just * miss the net period, I guess it’s not too insane since they’re aiming for such tiny windows of open net.