Tonight begins round 2 for the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks. Each team recently came off satisfying and emotional series wins over their respective opponents. Let’s see how each team got here.
The Avalanche are coming off a huge upset over former number one seeded Calgary Flames. Colorado won the series in five games over Calgary. The Avalanche won four straight after losing game 1 to win the series. The Avalanche defeated the Flames in Game 5 in a dominate fashion by winning 5-1. Stars of the series for the Avs featured Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, & especially goaltender Phillip Grubauer shined as his play in between the pipes carried them onto round 2.
SAN JOSE SHARKS:
The San Jose Sharks are coming off a long and emotional seven game series between them and the Vegas Golden Knights. The Sharks won the series in a very dramatic fashion. The Golden Knights has a 3-0 lead until a controversial 5 minute major cross checking was called against the Knight. San Jose would covert on the major penalty four times to take a 4-3 lead. However, Vegas ties the game with under a minute to go to force overtime in a game 7. The Sharks however won the series on a goal by Barclay Goodrow as he drove towards the net.
San Jose in 7 games: this series WILL go the distance and I envision another dramatic series win for the Sharks. Destiny seems to be on the side of the Sharks this postseason after many playoff failures past. Colorado will push the limits but, the playoff tested Sharks’ experience will shine as they advance to the Western Conference Finals.
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