Last night Benn Ferriero probably figured the best thing he’d get on his 24th birthday was the opportunity to play in his first Stanley Cup playoff game.

Little did the San Jose forward know the night would end with something much better on his stat line than a game played.

Ferriero’s wrister off the left half wall deflected into the net 7:03 into overtime to give the Sharks a 2-1 win over Detroit in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinal series. For his late-game heroics, Ferriero is the TheBruinsBlog.net Star of the Night.

Ferriero scored just five goals in 33 games during the regular season for San Jose. As Mark Purdy of the Mercury-News wrote:

No insult intended to the young man with the long black hair and the look of a guy you might find behind the checkout counter at The Gap. But of all the people who could have scored the decisive goal Friday night for the Sharks … well, Ferriero was almost not one of them at all.

But Ferriero emerged as the unlikely hero. Obviously, he admitted this was the biggest goal of his hockey career. There could be more ahead if he can stay in the lineup, which isn’t a guarantee on a deep Sharks roster.

Honorable mention: Steven Stamkos (GWG), Dwayne Roloson (26-for-28 saves) and Steve Downie (GTG, A) of Tampa Bay; Joe Pavelski (GTG), Dan Boyle (2A) and Antti Niemi (24-for-25 saves) of San Jose; Jimmy Howard (44-for-46 saves) of Detroit.

Last night’s scores
Tampa Bay 4, Washington 2
San Jose 2, Detroit 1 (OT)

Today’s games
Boston at Philadelphia, 3
Nashville at Vancouver, 9