On Wednesday, for the first time in 11 years, the NHL saw three Game 7's played on the same night, one after another. Or more like one, then two overlapping.
Because of that, I missed Anze Kopitar's what-proved-to-be-the-game-winning goal late in the second period, and an hour and a half later, as I was watching the Sharks complete their meltdown, I missed Nino Niederreiter's game-winner in OT by two seconds. Thanks a lot, NHL.
With the LA Kings going all 2010 Flyers on Jumbo Joe and the rest of Sharks Nation, now more than ever before, heads will roll in San Jose. Expect coach Todd McClellan to get the ax. The roster is a different story, however. The Sharks have some serious long-term money, and years, on the books. For example, Joe Thornton ($6.75 million), Patrick Marleau ($6.6 million) and Brent Burns ($5.76 million) are all signed through the 2017-18 season. Joe Pavelski ($6 million) and Logan Coture ($6 million) are signed through 2019-20.