Who doesn't like it when JoePA goes all BLAMMO and scores with like a minute gone in the game. KABLAM, stop that puck Tim Thomas. Oh, what's that, you aren't going to? Good, because I am Joe Pavelski, son, and this game just got real. The Sharks maintained a pretty goo control of the 1st period through to the buzzer. Things were looking JoePa.
Shawn Thronton and Vandermeer tussled in the second, although I am pretty sure when they discussed this, Vandermeer thought S. Thornton meant like, oh, next week. He didn't do entirely poorly, but he didn't win, either.
Teeth decided he was tired of JoePa stealing all the thunder, so he scored midway through the second. The Sharks were up 2-0 and the game was feeling good. The Bruins were challenging, aggressively checking and pressuring the Sharks, but they didn't seem to be at risk of scoring anytime soon, and that was all that mattered.
Ok, maybe they seemed to be at risk of it a few times. Nemo did fine, ignoring the part where he GAVE Lucic the puck, but some of his saves caused me to hold my breath or collapse back into my couch amazed that he had made the save. It was a little TOO exciting at times, but welcome to the NHL. Sometimes your goalie wants to give you a heart attack.
For that matter, sometimes the team you follows wants to as well, which is exactly what the Sharks did in the third. Remember that pressure I was talking about? It kept coming. The Bruins really did not want to go down by a score of 2-0 and they weren't going to without a fight. Fortunate for them, The Sharks decided to have a REALLY BAD 30 seconds, which allowed Lucic and Seguin to score in rapid succession to start the thrid. It's a game now folks!
As the hyperbole rained down on Twitter, the Sharks quietly worked to regain their composure. There was still time, you see, and not all was lost. Benn Ferriero was like "Hey guys, I got this" and scored to return the Sharks to a 3-2 lead midway through the 3rd period. Whoooooooo, BENRY!
Not to be outdone, Patrick Marleau proved, with less than 5 seconds left to go int he game the the Sharks CAN score on the empty net, and slammed one in to Thomas' abandoned position to end the game 4-2.
And there was much rejoicing.
Stick taps to the Bruins for noting that Joe Thornton played his 1000th NHL game last night with a video partway through the first. This feat was then further noticed by everyone remembering he's Joe Thornton, and trying to keep him away from the puck. Many congratulatory checks then followed, the biggest being delivered by resident Boston giant, Chara. It's Like getting a bear hug from Douglass Murray, only taller.