Originally written April 13, 2012 on Couch Tarts:
WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO what a game THAT was!

Whoever made this gif is a genius. Double OT for game one? A comeback tie with less than 6 minutes left in the third? A 1st OT period that the Sharks survived ONLY because of Niemi? A win over the Blues in their barn? What a ride!

Teams should hand out oxygen tanks for the playoffs so we can all keep breathing during the game. There was something desperate in my desire for the Sharks to take game one, to not be the one failed upset win in game one. Usually I can sail through a game without too many emotional highs and lows, but come of the playoffs all bets are off.

The Sharks HAVE to win this one. The HAVE to. They need to prove that they CAN win against the Blues. More than anything, they have to put the regular season behind them and focus on getting out of round 1 victorious. There's simply no other choice.
Ok, there IS another choice but I don't really like it so, I'm pretending it doesn't exist.

I listened to the game, huddled around my radio, wondering, "Why do I do this to myself? Why do I WANT this so bad very season. The playoffs are too stressful OMGWHYCAN'TYOUCLEARTHEZONEJUSTCLEARTHEZONE??!??"

All I want is for the Sharks to beat the Blues. Is that so much to ask? Is it statistically impossible? The Sharks seemed to be taking the 1st and 2nd into their hands and controlling the game, but the Blues came back on in the third. The tying goal found the back of the net just a minute into the third. Why did it have to be the third?! Why not the second?! There's WAY MORE hockey left if it happens at the start of the second. Now, wait a minute here, lets calm down. It's not like the Sharks haven't come back to win before. They can do this. I know they can! Even as the minutes ticked away...they just need to get to OT! All the Sharks need is to get to OT!

I cheered out loud for Desi's tying goal. It was like a verbal release of the stress of game 1. Thank the hockey gods, the Sharks still have a chance. THE GAME IS TIED.
I listened to the end of the 1st OT in my garage. It would have been bad luck to get out. (the penalty call is from the third but ehh) There's this weird phenomenon in hockey where you can feel a play building and turn into a goal before a team actually scores. That was the feeling of the entire 1st OT period. St. Louis always seemed to be on the verge of a goal. I really don't know how the Sharks managed to escape that period alive. Nemo held them in, but St. Louis was buzzing. They had 14 shots in the OT period, compared to the Sharks 8. Not a huge discrepancy, but large enough to get the win if Nemo isn't on top of his game. Generally being on your heels for 20 minutes is NOT a good thing, but the hockey gods must have been smiling on the Sharks (or watching baseball) to give them a pass. At this point I see RudyKelly tweet something about the 4 OT loss to Dallas a few years ago and suddenly I start to wonder just how long this first game will go. ( I also wanted to kick RudyKelly in the nuts, but he'd probably enjoy it)

Double OT begins, this time on my TV instead of the radio. Suddenly living on the West Coast looks really good to all the fans up watching a very late East Coast game. The pressure seems to be back and forth, back and forth, each team getting chances before chasing down the puck in the opposite end. It ended in 3 minutes and 34 seconds, but it felt like an hour. 

There is a little bit of controversy surrounding the play, whether it was a pick or not. Milbury claims the Sharks cheated, but Mike Milbury probably believes the moon is made of cheese. It's possible the linesman missed the call there, but then again, they miss picks against the Wings all the time, so you tell me how often that play is called. Either way, Couture gets the puck to Clowe who sets up Havlat for a beautiful slap shot to end the game. The Sharks take a very important game one from the Blues, 3-2.

Game two is Saturday at 4:30pm. Find it on TSN, CNBC, RDSI, CSN-CA HD and on the radio at 98.5/102.1 KFOX.


PLAYERS: Mike Milbury
TEAMS: San Jose Sharks
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