20 Years of San Jose Sharks Playoff Memories

On the eve of the first game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings in round one of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, I wanted to do something to help both Sharks fans and new fans get ready for the greatest playoff in all of sports today.  I figured what better way than to re-visit some of the greatest playoff moments in San Jose Sharks franchise history.  So kick back and enjoy as we look back on 20 Years of San Jose Sharks Playoff Memories, courtesy of YouTube.

Jamie Baker’s Game-Winning Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “PuckGuy14”}
In 1994, the San Jose Sharks reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise history.  As the eighth seed, the Sharks met the top seeded
Detroit Red Wings in the first round.  Every hockey expert predicted a four game sweep for the Red Wings, maybe a five game series if the Sharks were lucky.  The Sharks, playing with house money and having nothing to lose, stood toe-to-toe with the Red Wings and pushed them to a deciding game seven.  The result of that game and series is still talked about today as the Sharks pulled off the biggest upset in hockey history, thanks to forward Jamie Bakers game winning goal in the third period.

Arturs Irbe’s Split-Legged Save {Courtesy of YouTube user “SaishuuKessen”}
Having just completed their upset of the Detroit Red Wings, the Sharks faced the third seeded
Toronto Maple Leafs in the second round of the playoffs.  Despite losing the series in seven games, the Sharks proved to the NHL world that they had arrived, highlighted by this amazing split-legged save by Sharks goalie Arturs Irbe.

Ulf Dahlen’s Game-Winning Overtime Goal
In 1995, the Sharks reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season and once again, were the eighth seed.  This time, the Sharks faced the top seeded
Calgary Flames in the first round and won the first game, 5-4, in Calgary.  In game two, the Sharks and Flames went to overtime tied 4-4 and Sharks forward Ulf Dahlen sent Flames fans home in shock as his game winning goal in overtime gave the Sharks a 2-0 series lead.

Craig Janney’s Two Goal Night {Courtesy of YouTube user “Vindiggs”}
Despite jumping out a 2-0 series lead, the Flames roared back and won the next three to take a 3-2 series lead heading into game six in San Jose.  Sharks forward
Craig Janney finally broke out of his slump with a two goal night as the Sharks won 5-3 to set up a game seven in Calgary.

Ray Whitney’s Game 7 Double Overtime Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “PuckGuy14′}
Building on momentum from game six, Sharks forward
Ray Whitney scored the game winning goal in double overtime of game seven as the eighth seeded Sharks eliminated the top seeded Flames from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Andrei Zyuzin’s Game-Winning Overtime Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “Vindiggs”}
After a three year hiatus from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sharks returned to the playoffs in 1998 as the eighth seed and met the number one seeded
Dallas Stars in the first round.  After losing the first two games in Dallas, the Sharks were able to rebound and win game three back in San Jose.  Game four, also in San Jose, needed overtime to decide a winner and luckily for Sharks fans, defenseman Andrei Zyuzin made sure the Sharks skated away with a victory and that the series returned to Dallas tied 2-2.  The Sharks though would lose the series 4-2.

Owen Nolan’s Game 7 Red Line Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “SteveO1887′}
In 2000, the eighth seeded Sharks met the number one seeded
St. Louis Blues in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  With game seven in St. Louis and just seconds remaining in the first period, Sharks forward Owen Nolan fired a laser beam of a shot from center ice that beat Blues goalie Roman Turek.  The Sharks would go on to win the game 3-1 and the series to advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1995.

Jonathan Cheechoo’s Between the Leg’s Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “mysticanime”}
In 2004, the second seeded Sharks met the fourth seeded
Colorado Avalanche in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which the Sharks won in six games, 4-2, to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in Franchise history.  It was also the first time the Sharks had beaten the Avalanche in a playoff series as the Avalanche had beaten the Sharks in round one of the 1998-99 playoffs and round two of the 2001-02 playoffs.  In game 2 of their 2004 series, Sharks forward Jonathan Cheechoo scored this breathtaking between the legs goal to help the Sharks win 4-1.

Sharks Kill off 5-on-3 Disadvantage {Courtesy of YouTube user “SJSharks29”}
In 2006, the fifth seeded Sharks met the eighth seeded
Edmonton Oilers in the second round of the NHL Playoffs and despite winning the first two games of the series, the Sharks lost the next four and were eliminated from the playoffs.  Nursing a 1-0 lead in game 2, the Sharks found themselves facing a 5-on-3 disadvantage made worse when two of the Sharks players broke their sticks and couldn’t get off the ice.  The result?  The best Penalty Kill in NHL history.

Patrick Rissmiller’s Game-Winning Overtime Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “RangerKid4eva”}
In 2007, the fifth seeded Sharks met the fourth seeded
Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and for the second consecutive season, the Sharks won the series 4-1.  With game one in double overtime and the score tied 4-4, Sharks forward Patrick Rissmiller gave Sharks fans something to celebrate.

Jeremy Roenick’s Game 7 Performance {Courtesy of YouTube user “NHLVIDEO”}
In 2008, the second seeded Sharks met the seventh seeded Calgary Flames in the first round of the NHL playoffs in a rematch of the 2004 Western Conference Finals.  This time, the Sharks won the series in seven games thanks to
Jeremy Roenick, who played like a man possessed in that seventh game, scoring two goals and adding two assists in leading the Sharks to a 5-3 victory.

Joe Pavelski’s Game Winning Overtime Goal {Courtesy of YouTube User “Onlyhockey”}
In 2008, the second seeded Sharks met the fifth seeded Dallas Stars in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  After losing the first three games to the Stars, the Sharks won game four to keep their Stanley Cup hopes alive and with the series back in San Jose for game five, Sharks forward
Joe Pavelski planted the seeds for his future nickname, “The Big Pavelski.”

Evgeni Nabokov’s Save of the Decade {Courtesy of YouTube user “Jefflered”}
With the win in game five and the series moving back to Dallas for game six, the Sharks attempted to force a game seven and become the first team in NHL history to win a series after losing the first three games.  The Sharks fought tooth and nail but eventually lost the game and series in the fourth overtime period.  However, Sharks goalie
Evgeni Nabokov came up with the “Save of the Decade” just 90-seconds into the first overtime period.

Joe Pavelski Ties It, Devin Setoguchi Wins It {Courtesy of YouTube user “sjsharks678′}
In 2010, the top seeded Sharks met the eighth seeded Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  After dropping a heartbreaker in game one, the Sharks needed a win to avoid going down 2-0 in the series as game’s three and four would be in Colorado.  Down 5-4 in the game’s final minute, Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov was pulled for an extra skater and Sharks forward Joe Pavelski scored the game tying goal to force overtime.  In overtime, Sharks forward
Devin Setoguchi scored the game-winning goal to tie the series at 1-1.

Joe Pavelski’s Game Winning Overtime Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “Puckguy14”}
After losing game three in Colorado in another heartbreaking fashion, the Sharks needed to win game four to avoid being down 3-1 in the series.  Luckily for the Sharks and their fans, Pavelski came up huge again with another game-winning goal to tie the series at 2-2.  The Sharks would eventually win the series in six games, 4-2.

Ryane Clowe’s Insane Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “CountJ26”}
After eliminating the Colorado Avalanche in round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the top seeded Sharks met the fifth seeded Detroit Red Wings in the second round and despite being the top seed, many in the hockey world viewed the Sharks as the underdogs to the Red Wings.  After beating the Red Wings in game one, 4-3, the Sharks were looking for a 2-0 series lead before heading to Detroit for game’s three and four.  Sharks forward
Ryane Clowe made sure that was a possibility with this insane goal that helped lead the Sharks to a 4-3 win and 2-0 series lead.

Patrick Marleau’s Game-Winning Overtime Goal {Courtesy of YouTube user “Puckguy14”}
With game’s three and four in Detroit, most in the hockey world figured the Red Wings would hold serve and even the series up at 2-2.  The Sharks were trying to do the unthinkable…go up 3-0 in the series.  After falling behind early, the Sharks battled back to tie the game at 3-3 and force overtime.  In overtime, Sharks forward
Patrick Marleau scored on the prettiest 2-on-1 breakaway you will ever see to give the Sharks a 3-o series lead.

Sharks Eliminate the Red Wings in Game 5 {Courtesy of YouTube user “Puckguy14”}
After being embarrassed in game four, 7-1, the Sharks returned home to San Jose for game five looking to eliminate the Red Wings from the Stanley Cup Playoffs and return to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2004.  After falling behind 1-0, Sharks forward
Joe Thornton tied the game at 1-1 with a Power Play goal and forward Patrick Marleau gave the Sharks a 2-1 lead late in the third period.  Facing a 6-on-4 disadvantage late in the final minute of the third period, everyone figured the Red Wings would tie the game and force overtime.  The Sharks had other ideas and successfully held off the Red Wings to eliminate them in five games and advance to the Western Conference Finals.

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About Jon Allred

Life long San Jose and Worcester Sharks fan that bleeds teal and black.

Posted on April 13, 2011, in Sports and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Chantal Ranger-Richard

    Seriously… So very interesting! Wow! Great great job!!! 🙂

  2. Amazing post, I think is the best I’ve seen so far from you! Found it extremely useful for tonight, and gave me a general idea of how the sharks have done in the playoffs since their beggining.

    I wonder how many time did it take to collect all those videos? Keep up the awesome work!

    Go Sharks!

  3. Great site bro! I saved your rss feed too for my podcatcher! Followed your twitter.. now, lets pave the road to the cup through san jo!! Go SHARKS!!!!
    sj

  4. What a great post and awesome trip down memory lane! Some of those clips still give me chills.

    The one I would have added was “Little Joe” Pavelski’s “History Will Be Made” clip – but I’m bias because I was at that game and in the background of that commercial. Woo hoo, so good, great job as always!

    I miss Nabby sometimes but can’t wait to see Niemi make some killer saves of his own!

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