Heartbreaking Sharks loss

The Sharks lost halfway through quadruple overtime. Both teams’ goalies were stellar throughout the entire game, and the Sharks dominated much of the overtime periods. Somebody had to score eventually, and unfortunately it turned out to be the Stars. For those of you not familiar with playoff hockey, the regulation play was 60 minutes. Then 20-minute breaks alternated with 20-minute periods of sudden death play, so the game-winning goal at 9:03 of the fourth overtime meant that they had played 129 minutes of hockey. That’s one full game, followed by a second full game, and then 9 more minutes into a third. In real time it lasted a numbing 5 hours, 14 minutes from first face-off to final goal.

It seems like the Sharks should have won, especially with much of their dominating, intense play in the overtimes, and yet they couldn’t solve Marty Turco. The Stars goalie stopped shot after shot, ending with a franchise-record 61saves.   Nabokov saved 53 for the Sharks.

So it’s over. The Sharks have really been eliminated from the playoffs, and all the analysts who last fall picked the Sharks to win the Cup will get to talk about what went wrong. It’s likely that the coach will be let go and the player roster changed.

It could have so easily gone the other way to force a final game 7 in San Jose on Tuesday, and it didn’t. I’m sad for the players. I hope the Stars go on to win the Stanley Cup, so that at least the Sharks will know they lost to the champions.

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May 5, 2008. Words.

3 Comments

  1. dad replied:

    Not likely. The Red Wings are too good this year. Look for them to beat the Stars in 4, and the Eastern Conference survivor from Pittsburgh-Philadelphia in 5.

    I also believe that Ron Wilson will be back next year for San Jose, but a few players might be gone. Probably would have had a different outcome last night if Milan Mihalek hadn’t been knocked out of the game in the final seconds of regulation. There seem to be so many injuries during playoff hockey that it is a war of attrition to determine the eventual winner of the Stanley Cup.

  2. Sandy replied:

    I agree with Chuck. Here in T town we are so used to Red Wing domination of the NHL that when they lose we are all shocked! They certainly had little trouble with the Avalanche.
    Speqking of Pro sports, Detroit and Cleveland in the NBA are two powerhouses and the Cavaliers have LaBron who is something else. But, I suspect that Boston might well end up in the finals. What happened to Phoenix?

  3. mom replied:

    You need a link on your site so hockey nuts can find your reviews!
    This would appear to be the site for all the news fit to print for parents and uncle!

    No comment here- the sport of the day- llama training going well tho, now that bucking has stopped. haha that is the most I can rise to the occasion on sports comments 🙂

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