After a series with plenty of home cooking (home team wins games 1-6) – the two Cindarella’s meet for a pivotal game 7 played HTH over Skype! The visiting Wild pulled out all the stops, bringing in designated hitter Dominick, who is witnessing his first GHC finals just 4 months into his life!
Game 7 starts with the Wild continuing to dominate in the face-off circle. Darling denies Eaves early on a GR, and then Kadri goes to the box to put the Wild on the PP. Darling denies the Wild on 2 #’s chances a GR save to start out just red hot. A big save on one ends turns into a goal on the other end when Tarasenko beats Howard for a 1-0 lead. Play evens out the rest of the period, and there was some 4 on 4 non-action, and the period ends with the Sharks up 1-0.
Period 2 starts out with the Kucherov being denied on a breakaway GR, and then Jack Johnson takes a penalty to put the Wild back on the PP. Not much action this time, Both goalies come up with a couple of big saves, and then Landeskog & Brassard both go to the box for some more 4-4. This time there is a RARE 4-4 goal when Kucherov beats Howard with a number chance from a nice feed from Schwartz and the Sharks are up 2-0. The Wild dominate the rest of the period, but aren’t generating a lot of good scoring chances.
The Sharks are 20 minutes away from winning the Cup, when Patick Eaves shuts up the home faithful by beating Darling just 1 minute into the 3rd, and we’ve got a 1 goal game. The Wild are just DOMINATING the puck, and Darling comes up huge with GR saves on both Monahan and Eaves. The Wild push a little to hard, and Connor Brown goes to the box to put the Sharks on the PP. After an intercepted icing, Barkov brings the home fans back to their feet with a GR goal to reestablish a 2 goal lead. The Wild continue to dominate, and Darling denies Stone on a GR when Suter takes a bad penatly and the Sharks go back on the PP. They can’t score, but it kills 2 minutes off the clock that the Wild need. The clock is winding down, when Tarasenko takes a penatly, but the clock runs out with the Sharks winning game 7 by a 3-1 final and the home fans goes nuts as the Sharks celebrate their first Cup win in a long time!
Congrats to Dave for a great season!! Hope everyone has a great summer, and is doing their research for what should be a fun draft!!!