This was not the start San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi wanted in Game 2 of the Western Conference quarterfinals; much like this was not the play defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic wanted to make early in the first period against the St. Louis Blues:
Here's the CSN Bay Area view:
Whoops. But this is nothing new for the Sharks and Blues.
Niemi, who was fantastic in the Sharks' Game 1 double-OT win over the Blues, made the save on St. Louis forward Vladimir Sobotka. The puck slowly trickled behind him, and Vlasic decided to clear it out of harm's way … well, that was the intention, anyway, as instead he tucked it into his own team's net for a 1-0 deficit just 1:31 into Game 2.
In fact, this rivalry between the Blues and Sharks has seen odd own-goals before as well: Please recall this Marc Bergevin moment of infamy in the 2000 playoffs:
The Sharks eventually won the game and defeated the Blues in that series, upsetting the President's Trophy winners.
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