by Danny Golding

Game 7’s in sports are something special. Living in Arizona a lot of Diamondback fans that experienced the 2001 World Series tell me how it exciting game 7 was when Luis Gonzalez got that game winning hit in game 7 to win the World Series against the Yankees in their 3rd year of existence. As a Giants fan, I remember game 7 of the 2014 World Series when Madison Bumgarner pitched 5 shutout innings and the Giants won their 3rd World Series in 5 years! And sadly as a Warriors fan I remember game 7 in 2016 when the Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead and lost to the Cavs. This game 7 was not the game 7 of a conference finals or a Stanley Cup but it sure damn felt like it! The Las Vegas Golden Knights were up 2-0 at the end of 2 periods. Early into the 3rd period they were up 3-0. It looked like it was gonna be the end of the 2018-2019 season for the Sharks, and that the Dubs were once again going to be the only playoff show in the Bay for the rest of the Spring and Summer. But then it all changed when Vegas’ Cody Eakin decided to cross check Joe Pavelski with 10:47 left. Pavelski was badly injured after hitting the ice head first, as worried as the Sharks were about their Captain, they managed to quickly shock the world as their power play started! With Vegas on a 5 minute penalty, the Sharks waste no time! Logan Couture scores a goal to bring life into the Shark Tank and cut the lead to 3-1. Then, Tomas Hertl the hero from game 6 scores to make it 3-2. The Sharks could feel the momentum coming back into their hands as Logan Couture scores another goal to tie the game at 3 as the Tank just goes electric! Still on the power play, Kevin Labanc comes away with a goal to give the Sharks the 4-3 lead! It was an unbelievable turn of events as the Sharks scored 4 goals in 2 minutes and 58 seconds and the power play wasn’t even over yet! With 47 seconds left in the game Jonathan Marchessault scored to tie the game at 4 and to send the game into overtime. You could feel the battle between goalies Martin Jones and Marc Andre Fleury just stopping shots left and right as it was sudden death. With the first overtime winding down and it looking like it was going to go to a double overtime, Barclay Goodrow becomes “the big man on campus” (courtesy of Dan Rusanowsky on the radio call) as the Sharks win game 7 5-4 to advanced to the second round against the Colorado Avalanche! No matter what happens with the Sharks the rest of this postseason, this game 7 will be remembered as one of the greatest games in Bay Area sports history!