In a hard fought game the San Jose Sharks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 5-2.
Captain Joe Thornton hoisted the cup tonight for the first time in his career. While many doubted his ability to lead a team to a Cup win, he knew the Sharks had it in them. “All year this team stayed strong together. Through the seasons there are peaks and valleys we kept grinding out games when we had to, this is something special.” When asked if he expects to play again next year he replied “I’ll be back.”
The Sharks took a commanding 3-0 lead through the first period on goals by Tomas Hertl, David Savard and Nick Foligno.
Hertl would add a second goal before Lighting defender Victor Hedman finally put the Bolts on the board in the 2nd frame.
Wayne Simmonds would make things interesting for the Lightning scoring on a power play marker in the 3rd before San Jose’s Matt Nieto finished the games scoring 35 seconds take away any momentum the Lightning hoped to build on.
Sharks goalie Matt Jones made 24 saves for the win while Tampa goalie Semyon Varlamov let in 5 goals on 21 shots in the loss.
Sharks star Brent Burns was quoted after the game “You look around and you see grown men acting like they are 10 years old. That’s because many of us have dreamed about this moment since we were that age, or younger. This is truly a dream come true.”
Tampa Bay defender Victor Hedman was named the 2017 Conn Smythe playoff MVP. “It’s really tough right now to put into words. We battled hard but we couldn’t get anything going tonight. It just felt like it was judgement day.”