The San Jose Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Finals to face the St. Louis Blues with a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals on the line, but not without some help.
The Sharks have had an interesting road through the playoffs thus far, coming back from a 3-1 series deficit in the first round and beat the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 7.
They had another Game 7 in the second round, where they barely escaped a young Colorado Avalanche team with a 3-2 win to eliminate the Avs. The Sharks haven't gotten here purely on skill, however. They have been assisted by a whole lot of luck and controversy.
Sharks faced the Avalanche on home ground— x - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 9, 2019
The Tank was not shy of a loud sound
The return of Pavs
Helped us beat the Avs
Now it’s on to the next round pic.twitter.com/2EkfhRhi6l
On Wednesday, the San Jose Sharks held a 2-1 lead over the Avalanche in the second period of Game 7, before they let them climb back into the game and tie it at 2-2... well, at least we all thought Colorado tied it.
The Sharks lucked out, and won a challenge for offsides on the play. This was not the traditional offsides, however, with Gabriel Landeskog failing to get onto the Avalanche bench before the puck re-entered the offensive zone. The Sharks scored four minutes after the called off goal, and staged off a late surge by the Avalanche to win the game.
In the first round, the Sharks clawed back from a 3-1 series deficit to the Knights and won two straight games to force a Game 7 at home. They were down 3-0 nine minutes into the third period, but then a questionable and obvious wrong call changed the course of the series. A 5-minute major and game misconduct was assessed to Cody Eakin after bumping Joe Pavelski, and the Sharks scored four goal on the ensuing power play. Vegas evened it up late, but the Sharks ended up scoring the winning goal in overtime to advance.
The Sharks have been the luckiest team in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs so far, but the real question is when will their luck run out, if it does at all.