It’s been five years in the making, but Niclas Wallin’s goal at 1:39 in the third period couldn’t be any sweeter.
That goal gave the San Jose Sharks all they would need as they withstood a late rally to take control of the semifinal series. Many experts, fans, and pundits predicted that this series would be much different than the second-round series from a year ago where the Sharks dominated and knocked off the Wings in five games.
Coming into Game 2, the Central division winning Detroit Red Wings clearly had revenge on their mind. With that 2010 postseason exit to the Sharks still ringing in their heads, Detroit came out blazing in the first period.
As San Jose has done all postseason however, the Sharks dominated the second period and attacked in waves before Wallin put the Sharks ahead for good.
While it may be a new year and a new team, it might not be any different of an outcome for the Detroit Red Wings.
San Jose now has the luxury of earning the split in Detroit, giving them a chance to close on home ice. Jimmy Howard was again superhuman, but will need his best effort at home to prevent the Sharks from taking a choke hold back to the Tank.
Let's take a look at win six of 16 in the quest to bring the Stanley Cup home to the Bay Area.