That was some game, huh?
This series steadfastly defies rational analysis. In game one we saw the Sharks dominate a period before taking a few steps back and then winning the game in OT. Game two was a total meltdown failure for San Jose. Game three was a total meltdown failure for San Jose AND Los Angeles, but Los Angeles failed harder so the Sharks got an incredible once-in-a-generation victory.
Los Angeles has scored more goals in this series than the Sharks yet finds themselves down two games to one. LA has probably also played more good periods of hockey than the Sharks over the past three games, and yet it is the Sharks who have all the momentum and the lead in the series. Going forward the Kings have to win 3 of 4 from a team that has all the confidence in the world right now.
Are there areas of concern for San Jose? Yeah, sure. Antti Niemi has looked iffy in this series, and it remains to be seen if he is going to be a stable presence in net. The Sharks have gotten both of their victories in overtime, and both of those games could easily have gone against San Jose. The Sharks have yet to play a complete game for three straight periods in this series.
The Sharks should be proud of what they accomplished on Tuesday. It was an amazing, history-making event. But there's plenty of work still to do.
Prediction: Sharks win 4-2. We finally get a normal game out of this crazy series.
Please enjoy a BOC Animation Studios re-creation of the historic events of April 19th, 2011.