Since their inception, the San Jose Sharks have never made the Stanley Cup final, but they have had some great moments in their history. Although there are countless moments, including going up 3-0 on Detroit, Evgeni Nabokov’s numerous robberies, and Joe Thornton’s famous slide after beating the Kings, here are the Top 5:
5. The Penalty Kill
Any Sharks fan who has watched this penalty kill can tell you it was probably the greatest kill in Sharks history. The Sharks got themselves into some trouble, getting two penalties in a short span, putting them on the penalty kill for 1:41. If that isn’t hard enough, try killing it with a tired group of guys, who collectively have one stick. Throughout the penalty kill, two of the San Jose sticks break, and they are left diving around trying to clear the puck. This was a remarkable effort, and most definitely one of the best moments in playoff history.
4. Vancouver Sweep
In the first round of the 2013 playoffs, the Sharks had the Vancouver Canucks as their opponent. Just a couple seasons prior to 2013, the Sharks suffered a bitter defeat in the conference finals at the hands of the Canucks, during a controversial game. Eager for vengeance, San Jose quickly jumped to a 2-0 series lead on Vancouver’s ice. Then at home, the Sharks played a phenomenal Game 3, setting up for the franchise’s first potential sweep of a team in the postseason. Game 4, during overtime, Patrick Marleau lit the lamp on the power play, another controversial penalty, to give the Sharks a series sweep.
3. “There will be octopus on Sunday”
It was Game 7 against Calgary. Game 7’s are exciting, right? How about a Game 7 in Overtime. Not exciting enough? DOUBLE OVERTIME! It was double overtime, and the Sharks were complete underdogs to take the series against Calgary. Ray Whitney took matters into his own hands by directing a puck towards the goal and it miraculously went in, sending San Jose to the next round against Detroit!
2. History Will be Made, The Comeback
There are almost no words for how remarkable this comeback was. Down 4-0 in the game against the Kings, the Sharks couldn’t get anything going. Then in the second period, they started to rally back. Most fans would thing that the game was over, but the Sharks never quit. Next thing we knew, the game was tied up at the end of two. In overtime, Devin Setoguchi sent everybody home, and capped a stunning comeback, to beat LA 6-5. By far one of the greatest comebacks in Stanley Cup history.
1. Game 7 vs. Detroit
Jamie Baker. Probably the most famous goal in Sharks history, Jamie Baker and the San Jose Sharks were playing Detroit in Game 7 as the eight seed. Nobody expected them to get to Game 7 in the series, and when Baker put the puck in the net, the Sharks were six minutes away from heading to the next round. They would upset the first seed, and shock the entire hockey world. Just a season before they had one of the worst records in NHL history, and the next season, they beat the Red Wings as an eight seed.
The Sharks have had so many playoff moments, it’s hard to count. There will surely be more in the future, and hopefully soon, winning a Stanley Cup can be the new number one!