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The Roundup- Stanley Cup Playoffs Edition: May 9/19

Another controversial goal as the Sharks hang on to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Colorado Avalanche at San Jose Sharks
Hobo with a slapshot.
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SAN JOSE SHARKS 3 COLORADO AVALANCHE 2- (San Jose wins series 4-3)

While it’s not controversial in the Game Seven against Vegas sense, San Jose got a hand last night on a Coach’s Challenge thanks to a rule that while called correctly seems to highlight the NHL rulebook needs a common sense overhaul.

Seems clear enough. Just one problem though:

There’s the rub, right? It doesn’t fit the requirements for one rule yet it does another, and if you’re a Colorado fan I wouldn’t blame you for feeling a little put out this morning. I get that Landeskog should have put more effort into getting off the ice, and that his teammates on the bench bear some responsibility by not opening the gate, but it just seems a tad stupid that he’s completely detached from the play, in the zone by the bench so that he can’t be called for too many men and yet they call offside as though he was involved in the play.

Anyway, let’s break this one down. The big news last night heading into the game was the return of Joe Pavelski after suffering a concussion in Game Seven against the Vegas Golden Knights. It didn’t take long for Pavelski to make his presence known and whip an already fired up San Jose crowd into a frenzy:

Less than 6 minutes later it was 2-0 when Tomas Hertl notched his 9th goal of the playoffs:

Colorado would get one back with time winding down in the first on a nice tip from Mikko Rantanen:

After the disallowed goal in the 2nd, the Sharks delivered the dagger, courtesy of Joonas Donskoi:

Early in the 3rd though, the Avs came charging out and Tyson Jost made it a one goal game:

From there Martin Jones shut the door, stopping the next 14 Colorado shots to help the Sharks hang on for the series win and a date with the St Louis Blues.