2010 NHL playoffs: Avs & Sharks head to OT

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If you want just one reason, and one reason only, why playoff hockey
is the most exciting time in all of sports you need to look no further
than the Sharks and Avalanche game tonight.

The San Jose Sharks
have controlled play for the past 40 minutes of the game, outshooting
the Avalanche 50-16 through three periods. Amazingly, we’re headed to
overtime with the score 0-0 as Crag Anderson is putting up a perfomance
in net for the ages.

His 50 saves in regulation are the most in
NHL playoff history through three periods without allowing a goal. He’s
been calm and cold in net, making every save look easy and rarely
resorting to scrambling to keep the puck out of the net. Jed Ortmeyer
had a the game on his stick late in the third, but pushed the puck just

With Anderson playing so great and the Avalanche being
outworked in nearly every facet of the game, this is setting up a
classic game where the Avs will need just one shot to ruin the Sharks’
night. Outshot 64-19? No problem, they had the one that counted.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?