Dan Boyle's own-goal shot dooms Sharks in OT

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BoyleSad.jpgGame 3: Final – Colorado Avalanche 1, San Jose Sharks 0

Avalanche
leads series 2-1

How do you end a game in which you’ve
put over 90 total shots at the net, have zero goals to show for it and
are starting sudden death overtime with a 0-0 score?

Why, score on
your own goal of course.

Dan Boyle was just trying to clear the
puck around his own net from the far boards, but instead snuck a perfect
backhanded shot short side past an unsuspecting Evgeni Nabokov. Ryan
O’Reilly was credited with the winning goal after being the last Avs
player to touch the puck.

Here’s the video:

It’s certainly a cruel and yet poetic
way to end the game, in which the Sharks outshot the Avalanche 51-17 and
had completely control of the game for the better part of 50 minutes.

None
deserved this win moreso than Craig Anderson, who put his team on his
back and pitched a shutout with one of the most incredible playoff
performances I’ve seen a goaltender have in a very long time. Part of me
is a bit frustrated that most of the attention from this game with be
on Dan Boyle’s own-goal, as it will take the spotlight away from
Anderson.

The other part of me sees that goal, chuckles, shakes
his head and wonders just what the Sharks did to get such a curse placed
upon them.