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Tierney save one of few things going Sharks’ way

Blink and you may miss this goal from Nate Schmidt that rang off the crossbar and hit the in-net camera before shooting back out.

Luck can be a cruel thing in hockey, and that thought has been especially evident for the San Jose Sharks in their do-or-die Game 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

There were times when the bounces felt a little ridiculous during the first period, which ended 0-0 despite Marc-Andre Fleury being sent scrambling. Plenty of posts were hit, and there were some brutally close calls.

At least the Sharks got this wonderful tweet for their troubles.

Jonathan Marchessault scored the opening goal of Game 6 on one that, while a tough chance, some might ding Martin Jones for. Cameras caught Jones’ teammates consoling him, but his fellow Sharks did him one better on what stands as one of the few “lucky” moments for the Sharks; watch as Justin Braun and Chris Tierney both made “saves.” Tierney’s block was particularly impressive:

Sometimes, such nigh-heroic moments stand as turning points during a game.
[NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Hub]

It may end up being a footnote, however, as this blink-and-you’ll-miss it 2-0 goal by Nate Schmidt really let the air out for the Sharks and their fans during the second period.

Ouch. The Sharks will need to score at least two goals against a red-hot Marc-Andre Fleury to keep their season alive. Watch the remainder of Game 6 - whether it ends in regulation or San Jose once again force overtime - on NBCSN. You can stream it here.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.