The San Jose Sharks have only been in existence 25 seasons but have provided their fans with many unforgettable moments. Here is our list:
Brian Campbell’s “Spin-O-Rama”
Dubbed “the greatest goal scored by a San Jose Sharks’ defenseman”. The Sharks were up 5-4 with two minutes remaining in a 2008 regular season game against the Montreal Canadiens when Campbell took a pass at the Canadiens blue line and proceeded to put Mike Komisarek in the “spin-cycle” and finished with a backhand goal to seal the victory for San Jose.
Owen Nolan’s 90-foot slap shot in Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Quarterfinals
With the Sharks leading 1-0 in the last seconds of the first period, Nolan unleashed a bullet of a slap shot from the red line aimed at the St Louis goaltenders’ chest.
Instead of trying to catch it with his glove, the goalie attempted to block the shot with his body. The puck ricocheted off the goalies’ chest and into the left corner of the net.
Patrick Marleau’s goal against Detroit January 17, 2009
Patrick Marleau’s goal in the greatest regular season game in Sharks history. Receiving a perfect pass, Marleau streaked into the Red Wing zone and sent the puck past the goaltender to give the Sharks a 6-4 lead.
Joe Thornton’s game winning goal in game 4 of the 2008 Western Conference Quarterfinals against Calgary
With 37 seconds left in the third period and the faceoff in the Calgary zone, Joe Thornton won the draw. Thornton passed the puck to Murray who sent it toward the net. Thornton deflected the puck giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead with only 7.3 seconds remaining.
5-on-3 penalty kill against Edmonton in 2006
This is the greatest penalty kill in Sharks history. During the 2006 Western Conference Semi-finals, the Sharks were down two men against an Edmonton power play for 1:41.
Two Shark defenders had their sticks broken during the penalty kill. The puck was inside the Sharks zone the entire time. In the final moments Scott Hannan was able to block a shot then dive to the ice to push the puck out of the zone with his hand to finish the kill.
1995 Western Quarterfinals Sharks against Flames
In the second overtime of game 7 the Flames slap shot was stopped by the goalie and it deflected over to a Sharks forward who gave it to Igor Larionov at the Flames blue line. His attempt to take it to the net failed as it was knocked off his stick. The puck was picked up by forward Sergei Makarov who sent it to the net where Ray Whitney was located. Whitney deflected the shot past the Calgary goalie to win the game.
Miracle on Manchester Sharks Version 4/19/2011
Down 4-0 at the start of the second period of a playoff game against LA Kings when the coach put in a backup goaltender. Two minutes later, Joe Thornton deflects a shot on the net. Three minutes later, Ryane Clowe scored on the power play. Then Logan Couture scored making it 4-3. After a goal made it 5-3, Clowe scored his second goal into a wide open net. With 30 seconds left in the second period, Joe Pavelski made it 5-5. The third period was scoreless. In overtime, Devin Setoguchi took a pass from Patrick Marleau and sent the puck past the goalie for a win with a score of 6-5 for the Sharks.
1994 Western Quarterfinals against Red Wings – greatest goal
Late in the third period of a tied game, the Shark’s Ray Witney sent the puck to the left corner of the Red Wing zone. The Detroit goalie came out of the net to play the puck. Instead of passing the puck to one of his teammates two feet away from him, he backhanded it to the boards, where the Shark’s Jamie Baker was waiting. Baker hammered a slap shot into the empty net, giving the Sharks the lead and eventually the win.
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