A first round of off the charts drama that featured insane upsets and dramatic shifts in fortune went to hit a new level Tuesday night when Golden Knights center Cody Eakin cross-checked Sharks captain Joe Pavelski off a faceoff in the Vegas zone midway through the third period of Game 7. Pavelski was cross checked by Cody Eakin after a faceoff midway through the third period. Pavelski fell to the ground and hit his head on the ice.
The officials huddled as a dazed Pavelski was helped to the locker room. Eakin was given a five-minute major and a 10-minute game misconduct, based not on his original hit but seemingly on what happened to Pavelski. It was a controversial call - the fact that it was five minutes instead of a two-minute minor, not that it was called in general - and that's when the Sharks rallied to score four goals in about four minutes to take the lead.
To add to the excitement, the Golden Knights' Jonathan Marchessault found the back of the net with 47 seconds left in regulation to force overtime.
Martin Jones then appeared ready to seal the win, robbing Mark Stone with a glove save with 3:10 to go and Vegas on the power play. It was the third-latest tying goal in a Game 7 in National Hockey League history.
Eakin and Max Pacioretty also scored for Vegas and Fleury made 43 saves.
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However, the Sharks completed their incredible comeback when Barclay Goodrow scored at 18:19 of overtime.
Earlier in the series in Game 2, the Sharks had a tiebreaking goal early in the second period wiped out by a goaltending interference call against Logan Couture that San Jose didn't feel was warranted. Tomas Hertl tipped in an Erik Karlsson shot from the point to make it 3-2 49 seconds later.
It's so disappointing. The game is not even close, it's 3-0.
The Golden Knights built on that lead and led 3-0 early in the third when everything changed with the penalty. They scored four goal (s) on the power play.
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