By Danny Golding

On a big Bay Area sports night with the Warriors playing potentially their last ever game at Oracle Arena in a game 5 against the Houston Rockets. Like the Warriors game, the Sharks game 7 against the Colorado Avalance was at home in the Bay Area. The Sharks had also played one of the most historic games in NHL history in their previous series against the Las Vegas Golden Knights which was also a game 7.  In that game Captain Joe Pavelski suffered a concussion after being cross checked which lead to the 5 minute major that lead to the Sharks to score 4 goals in 2:48 which put the Sharks in the lead 4-3 after previously being down 3-0. The Sharks ended up winning 5-4 in overtime. This game 7 was had the Sharks motivated and confident to put away the Avalance the same way they put away the Knights in the previous series at the Shark tank! The Sharks players and fans were in for a pleasant surprise as they saw Joe Pavelski in the lineup for the first time since the previous game 7. Pavelski scored the first goal of the game early into the first period which was followed by Tomas Hertl’s goal with 8:25 left to go in the first. Mikko Rantanen scored a goal for Colorado with 7 seconds left in the first period to cut the Sharks lead to 2-1. Joonas Donskoi scored his first goal since January with 7:23 left in the second period. The Sharks ended up winning 3-2 to close out the series. The Sharks will start the Western Conference finals against the St Louis Blues on Saturday! What a time for Bay Area sports!