Twitter Tales: #AngryJoe
The Sharks set out to make a statement against the big bad Kings in the final meeting of the regular season. Points mattered just as much as they will against the remaining four opponents on the schedule. But, in a nationally televised game that many feel will serve as a preview of a first round matchup, there was definitely something to prove.
You know it's a big game when the photoshops come out.
Being on NBCSN as a national game on the west coast meant following the early game which, of course, threatened to overlap puck drop for fans on the Pacific as Chicago and Minnesota stretched to overtime.
Oh great, now we get to miss the start of the Sharks game. Thanks Crawford.— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) April 4, 2014
Cheering for Chicago because I want this damn game to end so they will put the #SJSharks game on.— Craig Lewis (@craigjlewis) April 4, 2014
But the start was not quite like the fast start the Sharks were aiming for.
Shot from the blueline is tipped somewhere in front of Niemi and gets by. #SJSharks trail 1-0 to start in the 1st.— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 4, 2014
The hits started early and continued all night. Tommy Wingels would finish with a season-high 10 hits.
#SJSharks Wingels crunches Martinez into boards -- no respect for shared college past at Miami.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) April 4, 2014
As always between the Kings and Sharks, special teams is a key measure. Brent Burns made Los Angeles pay on the power play with a shot that eventually was credited as a deflection by Joe Pavelski for his 39th of the season.
I LOVE YOU WOOKIE! #SJSharks— Andrew Martinez (@Anjeww) April 4, 2014
Couture finished on a perfectly mastered wraparound.
Someone or something really set Joe Thornton off last night. Jumbo then proceeded to hit everything in range for the remainder of the game and it was fun to watch!
It's kind of frustrating that there are four or five teams in the NHL that are a cut above and two of them will play in R1.— mc79hockey (@mc79hockey) April 4, 2014
#SJSharks up 2-1 after 40 and Thornton definitely in a sour mood out there. Nice to see.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) April 4, 2014
#SharksTerritory is everywhere.
Hit count more like those in Dallas: #SJSharks 44, LAK 29.— David Pollak (@PollakOnSharks) April 4, 2014
"I just wanted to hit something tonight. That's all." - Jumbo pic.twitter.com/qNDEL6YmR5— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 4, 2014