The San Jose Sharks are in the finals of the Western Conference after beating Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 tonight. The Sharks won 3-2 and set another clash with the St. Louis Blues, with whom they already met here back in 2016.
Peter DeBoer’s guys had to beat so many adversities to reach this stage, including two Game 7 contests.
Captain Joe Pavelski was back for this match, and the moment he stepped on the ice, the crowd at Shark Tank went wild, giving the additional boost to their favorites.
Pavelski back on the ice for pregame warm ups 🙌 pic.twitter.com/9fiaIO9m2v
— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) May 9, 2019
It didn’t take too long for one of the best ever players to make an impact on the game. After 5:57 into the game, Pavelski scored to give the lead to his team. Brent Burns’ shot was deflected, but Pavelski reacted well to beat Philipp Grubauer.
But that wasn’t all from the 35-year old. He made an assist to Thomas Hertl at 11:35 to double the lead. That score was Hertl’s 9th in the playoffs, and he leads the league along with his teammate Logan Couture.
The Avalanches responded with Mikko Rantanen’s goal, just seven seconds until the end of the first sequence, stunning the home team.
In those moments, the guests from Colorado stopped the surge of the Sharks, and they started to perform better. Colin Wilson scored a goal to tie the game, but it was overturned, because Gabriel Landeskog made a mistake.
Avalanche captain was offside, as he stayed in the zone when going for a line change. Landeskog admitted his fault for this after the game.
Joonas Donskoi netted after a wraparound with 7:23 left into the second period, and that is when Sharks regained balance on the ice.
But then again, Colorado came back just 51 seconds into the last period, when Tyler Jost decreased the lead to 3-2.
After that Martin Jones had his hands full, as Sharks goalie saved 14 shots in the third period alone.
San Jose prevailed until the end and set a clash with the Blues who defeated Dallas Stars in their Game 7. These two sides met back in 2016 Western Conference finals. The Sharks were better and eliminated the rival with 4-2.
However, they lost the finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins with the same result.
Game 1 of this series starts already this Saturday in San Jose.