For the second straight series, the San Jose Sharks have lost a Game 1 by one goal. In the previous series, the Western Conference Finals, the Sharks won four of their next five games – by a combined 12 goals, no less – to win the series in six games.
Whether that happens in the Stanley Cup Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins remains to be seen.
“The Sharks, this Game 1 was sort of somewhat reminiscent of Game 1 against St. Louis where they lost 2-1,” NBC Sports Radio & Westwood One NHL play-by-play announcer Kenny Albert said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “(Jori) Lehtera scored the game-winner in the second period. The Sharks weren’t able to muster up much offense and they bounced back in Games 2 and 3 with shutout wins over the Blues.”
Indeed, the Sharks won Games 2 and 3 against the Blues, 4-0 and 3-0, respectively. They would love for that to happen again.
San Jose, it is worth noting, trailed Pittsburgh 2-0 in the second period of Game 1 but tied the game with goals by Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau. Nick Bonino, however, scored with less than three minutes to play to give Pittsburgh a 3-2 win.
“Despite what we saw (Monday) night, I still feel this will be a long series – six or seven games,” Albert said. “Certainly far from over, but a great start from the Penguins. I hope we have a similar atmosphere (Wednesday) because (Monday) night was so much fun.”
Game 2 is Wednesday in Pittsburgh at 8 p.m. ET.