The San Jose Sharks have their backs against the wall after losing Game 5 of the second round NHL playoff series. That doesn’t mean that they are out of the series, however, because I truly believe that the Sharks are going to find a way to win the final two games against the Los Angeles Kings.
San Jose got shutout 3-0 in Game 5 and managed just 24 shots on goal. That is not going to work in Game 7 even if they win Game 6. The Sharks have the offense to get to the Kings behind Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, but it has been more of Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski in this postseason. Those two are leading the team in points while Thornton and Marleau are just behind. They just need to score two or more goals during the next two games.
Antti Niemi has a goals against average of 1.95 over the team’s nine postseason games. If he can stay on average, you only need two goals a game to win. I know that the Kings are the defending champions and have the eye of the tiger, but San Jose is too good to go down easily. I think San Jose will take care of Game 6 without any problems at all, and it will come down to the deciding Game 7 on the road. The Sharks could easily get an early lead and leave it up to Niemi so I wouldn’t give up on San Jose until the final buzzer goes off.