MORNING STANLEY CUP OF JOE – MAY 27, 2013
SAN JOSE 2, LOS ANGELES 1; Series tied 3-3
TJ Galiardi scored the game-winner, his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal, and Antti Niemi made 24 saves to force Game 7 and improve San Jose’s record to a perfect 5-0 on home ice this postseason.
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
San Jose forced Game 7 after trailing 3-2 in a series for just the second time in franchise history. The Sharks are 1-8 all-time in series that they have trailed 3-2, their only rally coming in the 1995 Western Conference quarterfinal against Calgary. San Jose beat the Flames 5-4 in double overtime of Game 7. (Elias)
Antti Niemi recorded an assist on TJ Galiardi’s game-winning goal, becoming the first Sharks goalie since Evgeni Nabokov to record a point in a postseason game (6-3 win on May 1, 2002 at Colorado). Niemi’s first career postseason point makes him the third Sharks goaltender (Nabokov and Mike Vernon) to accomplish this feat.
Niemi is 5-0 with a 1.52 goals-against average in five home games in this year’s playoffs, after posting a 5-6 record and 2.89 goals-against average in 11 playoff games in San Jose in his first two seasons with the Sharks (Elias).
SHARK TANK SUCCESS
10 of the Sharks’ 11 power-play goals this postseason have come on home ice, giving San Jose the top-ranked home power-play this postseason (10-for-29, 34.5%) — Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle have been on the ice for all 11 power-play goals.
With San Jose’s win, home clubs improved to 48-20 (.706) in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including an 18 3 (.857) mark in the second round.
FAR FROM HOLLYWOOD
Despite having won 13 straight games on home ice (including regular season), Los Angeles fell to 1-5 on the road in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings lost just once away from the Staples Center during their 2012 Cup run, a 2-1 loss to New Jersey in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Los Angeles won 10 straight on the road in the 2012 playoffs, including four overtime victories.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Kings will have home-ice advantage in a Game 7 for the first time since 1989 when they beat Edmonton 6-3.
San Jose improved to 6-0 when scoring first in the playoffs… All three games this series at HP Pavilion have ended with a 2-1 Sharks victory… The home team has scored first and won each game between San Jose and Los Angeles… Adam Burish returned to the San Jose lineup after missing five games with a broken hand, registering four shots and going 4-for-4 (100%) in the faceoff circle… Dustin Brown scored from an impossible angle behind the net… Harrison Ford, Matthew Perry and Neil Young attended Game 6 in San Jose.
SNEAK PEEK AT MONDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Chicago @ Detroit, Game 6 8:00 PM, DET leads 3-2, NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Source: NHL Media