Entering Thursday night, it had been over a decade since the Pittsburgh Penguins last won a game in San Jose. Granted the occasion was not guaranteed to happen every year prior to this season, but the stretch of dominance in Silicon Valley boasted an impressive 9-0-1-0 record since the last defeat and the lone blemish to the right of the win column represented a tie.
So enter two hungry teams from each conference, each with their own version of revenge on the mind and we're bound for greatness, guaranteed, right?
After no NHL trades on the trade deadline, the Sharks announced the signing of a young player from the OHL.
Couldn't be more excited to sign my first NHL contract with the @SanJoseSharks , thanks to everyone for the support along the way— Barclay Goodrow (@bgoodrow23) March 6, 2014
Hahaha pic.twitter.com/8dPqFYkdsC— Tomáš Hertl (@TomHertl) March 7, 2014
Funny how the most threatening of power plays came at the most threatening of times, yet it was the play of the game... week... season for the Sharks? (There's no way this is spoiling things for anybody, right?)
It was the anemic trending Sharks power play that puffed its chest first, yet nothing comes of it.
Best looking #SJSharks PP I've seen in a while. Many good chances, but gotta tickle the twine.— Iain Schnaible (@DevlDog131) March 7, 2014
Down here at ice level, I'd rank the intensity of this game so far: 12/10— Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN) March 7, 2014
After the Sharks surrendered the lead a minute earlier, Burns vented some frustration on a fallen Penguin along the boards and the therapy cost him and the Sharks a two-goal hole.
Sharks cheat poorly, trail by two after one period.— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) March 7, 2014
#SJSharks PP has looked dangerous tonight, at least the top unit anyway— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 7, 2014
Is this where we argue weather hits can be a catalyst and confidence boost?
Raffi trying to inject some energy in this game with a pair of hits. #SJSharks lead in shots 25-15 but Pens having the better second period— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 7, 2014
The credit for the goal changed several times, but all that mattered was that the Sharks were on the board and starting to dictate the pace.
Now goal reads Braun from Wingels and Desjardins... but stay tuned. #SJSharks— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 7, 2014
This is a good, physical, hockey game. @SanJoseSharks— Santiago Mendoza (@SantiagoMendoza) March 7, 2014
Weird period. #SJSharks just seemed like they decided to start hitting everything in sight - Torres, Demers and Burns all get in on it— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 7, 2014
Minutes in a Matt Nieto stick ran high and drew some blood, putting the Sharks down a man for four minutes against a lethal power play unit. Sharks are done for...
MARLEAU!!!!! 2-2 SHORTHANDED GOAL!!!! #SJSHARKS— Brian Tenerowicz (@BrianTenerowicz) March 7, 2014
Stellar shorty by Marleau sent in on a pass from Demers and #SJSharks have tied it 2-2.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) March 7, 2014
Ok maybe I'll stay up @SanJoseSharks— Brian Reynolds (@BrianElkG) March 7, 2014
Well that took some air out... Pens counter back and #SJSharks back down one, 3-2 in the 3rd.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) March 7, 2014
Game if the year candidate? @SanJoseSharks— LAmol James (@amolsachdev) March 7, 2014
Those three goals came in a span of 94 seconds here in the 3rd period.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) March 7, 2014
@SanJoseSharks with a side of payback!!— S†aci (@stacimurder) March 7, 2014
Listening to the @SanJoseSharks game on the radio while driving is dangerous haha!— Allen Stoddard (@allen_stod) March 7, 2014
In a way that only Jumbo can...
JUMBO JOE THORNTON THO #SJSharks— Ace Neptune (@jnmcrms) March 7, 2014
Zatkoff whiffs on Thornton pass into the net and #SJSharks have a 4-3 lead— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 7, 2014
I love announcers giving goalies the benefit of the doubt after goal's like Thornton's. "Maybe it dipped." Yeah, pucks never move, guys.— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) March 7, 2014
Joe Thornton with the Tim Wakefield special vs. Zatkoff. This game continues to be cray cray.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 7, 2014
Burns adds the dagger with an empty netter, with seconds remaining on the clock.
I would like to take a minute to point out that this gave right here is why you should NEVER lose faith in your sharks @SanJoseSharks— Veronika Schroers (@veronikaawithak) March 7, 2014
Crosby zero points and a -5 rating. Wow. What a game— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzCSN) March 7, 2014
Had some fun with the possession chart from the Sharks - Pens game last night. Luv u Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/We8pWJJ6Ly— Bob Roberts (@BobRbrts) March 7, 2014
The #SJSharks game last night was definitely one to remember! Easily one of the best of the season :)— Emma Chase (@sjearthquakes8) March 7, 2014
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