The San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche will cap a dramatic Second Round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs when they contest Game 7 on Wednesday, May 8, at SAP Center at San Jose (9 p.m., ET, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The winner will advance to the Western Conference Final and face the winner of tonight’s Game 7 between the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars.
The Sharks will contest multiple Game 7s in a postseason for the second time in franchise history and first since the 1994 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In the decisive game of their First Round series, the Sharks became the second team in NHL history to overcome a three-goal, third-period deficit to win a Game 7, a 5-4 overtime decision against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Sharks forward Kevin Labanc (1-3—4) factored on all four Sharks goals in the third period to become the first player in League history to record four points in a period during a Game 7. He also matched the NHL record for most points in any playoff period. San Jose’s overtime hero was forward Barclay Goodrow, who joined Ray Whitney (2OT in 1995 CQF at Calgary) as the second player in Sharks history to score in overtime of a Game 7.
The Avalanche will be appearing in a Game 7 for the first time since the First Round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild. The Avalanche led on four occasions (1-0, 2-1, 3-2, 4-3) but ultimately dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Wild, who became the first team in NHL history to record four score-tying goals in a Game 7. Five members of that Avalanche team remain with the club: Tyson Barrie (DNP in Game 7), Erik Johnson, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov.
Colorado and San Jose will require Game 7 for the second time in five all-time head-to-head series. During the 2002 Conference Semifinals, Peter Forsberg – who potted the overtime winner in Game 6 – scored the only goal in Game 7 to power the Avalanche to a 1-0 regulation victory over the Sharks.
Overall, the Avalanche own an all-time record of 6-7 in their 13 previous Game 7s, including a 2-4 mark as the visiting team. The Sharks are 7-4 in their 11 all-time Game 7s, including a 4-1 clip on home ice.