Is it me (or is it dream) or have these first games of the playoffs been damn intense and exciting?

Highlights from the…whatever the fuck the first round is called Game 1
Sharks vs Kings 4/17/2014

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The North Remembers: Sharks 6 Kings 3

In a more or less show of dominant hockey, the Sharks brought their A game to the tank tonight as the defeated the kings 6-3 in this first game of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Shortly before game time there was a power outage at SAP center, leaving fans scrambling to cash only vendors to fuel up on assorted beers before the game. Once that matter was handled it was hockey in its almost purest form.

The Kings and Sharks exchanged chances early on in the period. Niemi holding his own and showing that he was ready to play after a series of less than desirable starts for himself. 
Within three minutes the Sharks would take the lead courtesy of Joe Thornton. Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski would lead the play and eventually take the shot that Thornton would knock in to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. After a period of somewhat back and forth play, it was in the final minute of the first that the Sharks took charge of the game. Tomas Hertl would net his first career playoff goal, and less than a minute later with only three seconds left in the period Patrick Marleau would capitalize on the most juicy of rebounds and at the end of 1 period it was Sharks 3 and kings 0.

In the second, the Sharks kept up their dominance netting two more courtesy of the Demon Lord Raffi Torres and the ever slippery Marc-Edouard Vlasic. It was 5-0 Sharks after 2.

In the third, the kings showed some resilience as they netted 3 goals and suddenly found themselves right back in the game, goals courtesy of Jake Muzzin, Slava Voynov, and Trevor Lewis. Making it 5-3 Sharks and making everyone in teal just a bit nervous. But the Sharks held on, and more importantly, Antti Niemi held on. Playing strong all night and doing what he could to keep the kings at bay. In the final minute of play with kings goaltender Martin Jones pulled, (he replaced Quick coming into the 3rd) Brent Burns took a slap shot from deep in Sharks territory and landed in the kings net to seal the Sharks game 1 victory 6-3.

A strong start but sloppy finish by the Sharks, nevertheless they still played a great game and held on for the win. They’ll need to keep it up if they want to make it out of this series. Because judging from tonight, it’s going to be an intense one.

Final score 
Kings 3
Sharks 6

-Gabe

*correction
It was Hertl with the most juicy of rebounds and Marleau with just an awesome shot off a pass.

official-nhl:

Hertl scores in his first game back and the Sharks are up 3-0 after the 1st period.

THIS
IS
DREAM

toewstoes:

Sam Tageson lives the Shark fan’s dream

 ”Sam Tageson, a 17-year-old with a life-threatening heart condition, became the first non-active NHLer to emerge from the giant shark head prior to the team’s pre-game skate at SAP Center. After signing a one-day contract with the Sharks, Tageson stood next to San Jose’s starters as they took in the national anthem prior to Tuesday night’s game. When he was introduced to the 17,562 in attendance, Tageson, who suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, broke down crying amid a standing ovation.” {article & video

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What the Sharks mean to me.

jessicarita

I was born and raised In San Jose, CA but it wasn’t until I moved to LA that I became a Sharks fan. I came up in a soccer family and I never understood the dedication my father had for his team, but when I found myself lonely in a city I was so new to, I turned to Hockey to feel some closeness to home. Now, 7 years later, I understand the conviction my father has. This game matters to me. It matters to me because it’s my home. I might be 383 miles away from the Shark Tank but those moments when I get to walk up those stairs to see a home game are never taken for granted.

I am and will forever be a San Jose Shark. 

(Source: repul-sive)

its-stranger-than-fiction

Sharks Hockey means passion. Sharks Hockey means fun moments, including video bombs. Sharks Hockey means a team that gives its heart and soul every single game - even if things are going bad. Sharks Hockey for me, as a fan from Germany, means that I can live my passion for all things hockey through this team. Sharks Hockey also means that I fell deeply in love with the sport - I fire up streams to watch whenever there is a game on at a reasonable time (time difference SUCKS ASS, really!). It also means that I managed to take my Mom with me to a hockey game of the local team here in Berlin when they were facing Cologne Sharks (which, tbh, paved the way why I fell in love with the SJSharks) in the playoff finals. Sharks Hockey also means TO BELIEVE.

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misterjoobear

I watched my first Sharks game when I was one day old, my dad holding me in his arms and explaining each play to me. So many of my memories with my father involve hockey, from watching the Predator’s fans throw rats on the ice when they scored to watching Owen Nolan and Nabokov and SO many other great Sharks play games in the Tank. The Sharks are much more than just a hockey team; they are a catalyst in my relationship with my father and I. Something that we have always been able to bond over. Can’t wait for that cup to come to town.