Thornton’s Late PP Goal in Game 7 Leads 8th-seeded ’07-’08 Sharks over Top-seeded ’03-’04 Sharks in Upset

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Two goals in the third period of Game 7 from Big Joe led the ’07-’08 Sharks to a 4-3 win to clinch the upset. (via windsorstar.com)

The 8th-seeded ’07-’08 San Jose Sharks looked to be heading towards the upset early on. They took Game 1, 3-0, with goaltender Evgeni Nabokov posting a 36-save shutout. Defenseman Brian Campbell was the only player to post more than one point as he tallied two assists in the win. The top-seeded ’03-’04 San Jose Sharks responded by taking Game 2, 4-1. Vincent Damphousse posted a goal and an assist for the top seed in the win. The ’07-’08 Sharks then won Game’s 3 and 4 on “home ice,” to take a 3-1 series lead. Joe Thornton scored two goals in Game 3 to lead them to a 4-3 win and then a late goal from Jonathan Cheechoo in Game 4 gave them a 2-1 win.

The ’03-’04 Sharks held a 3-1 lead after the first period of Game 5 with Patrick Marleau scoring all three goals. The ’07-’08 Sharks chipped away at the lead in the second and then Thornton scored with the extra attacker to force an overtime, tied 4-4. Scoring chances with rare in the first overtime period, but almost four minutes into the second overtime, defenseman Scott Hannan won it for the ’03-’04 Sharks to force Game 6. In Game 6, Thornton scored late in the second period to tie the game up 2-2. Cheechoo scored about seven and a half minutes into the third to give the ’03-’04 Sharks a 3-2 lead, and then Nisse Ekman potted an empty-netter to seal a Game 7. Much like in Game 6, the two teams were tied 2-2 after two periods. Todd Harvey scored five plus minutes into the third to give the ’03-’04 Sharks a 3-2 lead. However, just two minutes later, Thornton scored to tie the game and then two minutes after that, on the PP, Thornton scored to give the ’07-’08 Sharks their first lead of Game 7. That second goal from Big Joe would seal a 4-3 win and complete the upset for the 8th seed.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Sharks 1 2 0 3
’03-’04 Sharks 0 0 0 0

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 SJS – 3   ’03-’04 SJS – 0   (1-0   ’07-’08 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’07-’08 SJS) – W   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (36 SV’s)

2nd Star: D – Brian Campbell (’03-’04 SJS) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   1 S

3rd Star: LW – Milan Michalek (’07-’08 SJS) – 1 G   0 A   1 P   +2   7 S

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’07-’08 Sharks 0 0 1 1
’03-’04 Sharks 1 2 1 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 SJS – 4   ’07-’08 SJS – 1   (1-1)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Vincent Damphousse (’03-’04 SJS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   3 S

2nd Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’07-’08 SJS) – L   4.00 GAA   .925 SV% (49 SV’s)

3rd Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’03-’04 SJS) – W   1.00 GAA   .963 SV% (26 SV’s)

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Sharks 2 0 1 3
’07-’08 Sharks 1 3 0 4

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 SJS – 4   ’03-’04 SJS – 3   (2-1   ’07-’08 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Thornton (’07-’08 SJS) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   Even   7 S

2nd Star: D – Brad Stuart (’03-’04 SJS) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +1   2 S

3rd Star: D – Brian Campbell (’03-’04 SJS) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   Even   2 S

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Sharks 1 0 0 1
’07-’08 Sharks 0 1 1 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’07-’08 SJS – 2   ’03-’04 SJS – 1   (3-1   ’07-’08 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’07-’08 SJS) – W   1.00 GAA   .978 SV% (44 SV’s)

2nd Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’03-’04 SJS) – L   2.00 GAA   .947 SV% (36 SV’s)

3rd Star: D – Craig Rivet (’07-’08 SJS) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +1   1 S

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’07-’08 Sharks 1 2 1 0 4
’03-’04 Sharks 3 1 0 1 5

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 SJS – 5   ’07-’08 SJS – 4   (2OT)   (3-2   ’03-’04 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Patrick Marleau (’03-’04 SJS) – 4 G   0 A   4 P   +2   14 S

2nd Star: C – Joe Thornton (’07-’08 SJS) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   -1   5 S

3rd Star: D – Scott Hannan (’03-’04 SJS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +3   3 S

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’03-’04 Sharks 1 1 2 4
’07-’08 Sharks 0 2 0 2

GAME SUMMARY:  ’03-’04 SJS – 4   ’07-’08 SJS – 2   (3-3)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Jonathan Cheechoo (’03-’04 SJS) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   +2   3 S

2nd Star: LW – Nisse Ekman (’03-’04 SJS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +2   4 S

3rd Star: D – Brad Stuart (’03-’04 SJS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   2 S

GAME 7:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period 2nd Overtime Total
’07-’08 Sharks 1 1 2 4
’03-’04 Sharks 2 0 1 3

GAME SUMMARY:   ’07-’08 SJS – 4   ’03-’04 SJS – 3   (4-3   ’07-’08 SJS)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Joe Thornton (’07-’08 SJS) – 2 G   0 A   2 P   -1   6 S

2nd Star: D – Brad Stuart (’03-’04 SJS) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +1   4 S

3rd Star: G – Evgeni Nabokov (’07-’08 SJS) – W   3.00 GAA   .930 SV% (40 SV’s)

Up next is the 4-5 matchup between the ’01-’02 San Jose Sharks and the ’12-’13 San Jose Sharks!

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