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What Went Wrong for Sharks on Kucherov Goal? Ex-NHL Head Coach Explains (+)



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So…what happened last night?

With five minutes to go in the game, the San Jose Sharks appeared to have all the momentum in their 3-3 contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning. They had held the defending Eastern Conference champions to just two shots against in the period, and looked, at worst, like a shoo-in to get to overtime.

Momentum, of course, is a fickle thing…

“We made a bad, bad read coming back,” San Jose Sharks head coach David Quinn acknowledged of the Nikita Kucherov goal that would win it for Tampa Bay in the last minute.

I spoke with an ex-NHL head coach who explained further: “Sometimes, when you give up a goal, things are happening so fast, it’s hard to assess blame. But this was pretty clear.”

So what did this coach see?

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