It was clear last night that the thoroughly outplayed Colorado Avalanche were never going to get the puck past San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov.
So a Shark did it for them.
From the Seattle Times:
Ryan O’Reilly was credited with a bizarre goal 51 seconds into overtime after an errant clearing attempt by San Jose’s Dan Boyle, giving the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 victory over the Sharks on Sunday night and a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Western Conference first-round series.
Craig Anderson was splendid for the eighth-seeded Avs, stopping 51 shots.
Evgeni Nabokov of the top-seeded Sharks made 16 saves.
Nabokov was hugging the post when Boyle tried to send the puck around the boards as O’Reilly pursued him. The puck wound up in the net.
Sharks coach Todd McLellan said, “We didn’t beat their goalie. We found a way to beat ours.”
That’s the San Jose Sharks in a nutshell.