Sharks Get Must Needed Win Cut SCF to 2-1
The Sharks got what they needed and that was their veterans needing to step up. Joe Thornton ended up having two assists on the night and Joel Ward had a HUGE goal about mid way through the third period.
Things started off slow for the Sharks as Penguins Defenseman Ben Lovejoy scored from the right point. It was deflected off my favorite Sharks defenseman Roman Polak. Even though this wasn't on purpose it was still Polaks' fault and he got the minus for it. The Penguins needed a response and they got one from Justin Braun who was stepped it up big time during these Stanley Cup Finals. Thornton won the battle on the boards swept the puck to Braun who ripped it top ched. Murray didn't even move a muscle, Brauns' release was too quick.
They Pens and Sharks would keep exchanging chances until less than a minute left in the second period. Thornton didn't get the puck out, Lovejoy sent it on net and Hornqvist was right there for the redirection. I honestly thought the game was over at this point even though there was a whole period left to play. Goals in the first and last minute of periods are the most deflating for a team.
As it turns out though, I was wrong. With about eleven minutes left in the third period Mr. Clutch Joel Ward took a slap shot above the tops of the circles and it squeaked through Matt Murray. Murray definitely should have made the save, but when you put the puck on net good things will happen and that's exactly what happened on this seemingly innocent play.
Now we head to overtime and we have rookie Joonas Donskoi scoring in overtime with an absolute bullet over Murrays shoulder. Donskoi fended off Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin behind the net and just fired it on net. An absolutely pathetic effort on the part of Malkin. Malkin is at least five inches taller than Donskoi and instead of moving his feet and using his body to knock him off the puck, he reaches and tries to block the shot with his stick and it ends up failing and now the series is 2-1.
What do the Pens need to do? Honestly, the Pens don't need to change too many things because they've been playing solid all series long but they need to get Malkin going. He's pointless in these Stanley Cup Playoffs and if the Pens want to win the cup Malkin needs to become the dominant player we know we can be.
Next game is Monday June 6th 8pm at the Shark tank