So last night tested my patience. Going into overtime, AGAIN, I was nervous and just could not wait for the Sharks to score a goal on Anderson so I could stop watching the damn game. I was tired. They were tired. 3 overtime games in one series is taxing on both players and fans. I was getting impatient. It was 3.5 periods and no one had won yet and I was starting to get concerned that game 4 might end up like game 3 and not go the way I wanted it to. I'm a champion of positivity for these types of things but last night, last night was tough.
At some point in the third, while hanging out with ABD in his game chat-o-rama, I think I called Joe Pa to win it, despite him not being on the ice at the time. He was going to win it with his MIND. I could FEEL it. It just took a bit more drama to happen than I was hoping to have to watch.
What better way for Dan Boyle to answer all his new found critics than by scoring the first goal of the game and giving the Sharks the first lead all series? If you didn't jump out of your chair and do a fist pump, I question you possession of a pulse. If you thought Boyle was going to wilt under the pressure of his mistake, you haven't been paying attention to him at all. In fact I doubt you've been watching the Sharks at all this season. That's not Boyle's style. Dude is more solid than the ground you walk on. Don't ever doubt him or his desire to win.
At this point it's becoming difficult to be surprised by the officiating. It's not a problem confined to the Sharks v Avs series, either. That's really all I feel like saying about that.
It feels like we just can't get a break in this series, in some way. Bad bounces, can't hit the net as often as we should (I feel weird saying that after game 2, but that was clearly an aberration in terms of scoring)Anderson just being ON, the Avs doing an amazingly good job of getting in the way of shots and blocking everything this side of the Mississippi. It's ridiculous. That's not to say that the Sharks haven't been guilty of sitting back a few times, especially after that Avs gal to tie it up last night, but even when they pressure like nobody's business, it's hard to get something to Anderson, let along past him.We may have deserved to win game 3, but we took game 4. It's 2-2. We needed that. Now we can bring it back home and take game 5, and then game 6 on Avs ice. These next few games are going to be nailbiters. You can be sure of that. Stock up on brown bags to breath into now. You're going to need them.