Joe Pavelski and Matt Irwin both had fortunate bounces off of the boards behind the St. Louis Blues net as the San Jose Sharks swept the season series between the two squads last night. With the two teams tied at zero-all with just over 10 minutes remaining in the first period, the puck took on a life of its own before taking a bounce onto Pavelski’s stick.
Usually it’s the home team making plays off of the boards that they’re familiar with, but the Sharks were able to capitalize on two of these weird bounces. On this goal, the puck takes several deflections on the way to the net before eventually ending up behind St. Louis netminder Jaroslav Halak.
The second possessed puck occured on San Jose’s second goal. Matt Irwin is the eventual scorer, but not before the puck ricochets behind the net and pops back out onto Irwin’s sick.
There is nothing that Halak can do on either of these plays as the puck radically changes direction on both tallies. Meanwhile, the Blues are probably going to have the stanchion behind the net checked out. It really seemed to bite them as it spotted the Sharks a 2-0 lead in what should have been a tightly contested game right from the get go.
St. Louis would eventually make things interesting by pulling to within one, but San Jose would go on to win by a 4-2 final.