You have to see it to believe it:
Yes, the San Jose Sharks dropped Game 3 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series with Colorado in overtime on a goal shot into their own net by veteran defenseman Dan Boyle. The Avalanche now lead the series, two games to one.
Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman has had a difficult season. Many of his giveaways and missed assignments have led directly to opponents’ goals. But shooting the puck into his own net at the outset of overtime of a postseason game? No. At least, not yet.
Of course, the Sharks might not have dropped a 1-0 decision had they found a way to solve Avs goaltender Craig Anderson. While Anderson was a superman with 51 saves, and made some spectacular saves, many of those Sharks shots came from the perimeter as though they were shot down Beacon Street at 4 a.m. Where’s the traffic? Better yet, where are Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. “Not So Jumbo” Joe finished the night with three shots and no hit, Patty “Cakes” Marelau recorded five shots and no hits. That’s a way to get involved.
Everyone’s sympathy has to go to Boyle — by all accounts a good guy who’s enjoyed a solid career and is perennially among the Norris Trophy candidates every year. But maybe that wasn’t the best choice of pass at that particular instant in the biggest game of the year.
Or maybe the Sharks should have tried something novel and scored a goal on one of their 51 shots through the first 60 minutes. Now — stop me if you’ve heard this before — the Sharks are behind the postseason 8-ball, and their star players are meeting expectations and they’re losing games on “own goals.” Regardless of what happens to the Bruins tonight and the rest of the series with Buffalo, be glad you’re not a Sharks fan.