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25th Year In Teal: Joonas Donskoi's Overtime Goal

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

In 2015-16 the San Jose Sharks celebrated their 25th anniversary season. It was also the best season in franchise history, including the team's first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. To commemorate, we're taking a look back at the 25 most memorable, funny, and best moments of the 25th anniversary.

Entering Game 3, the Sharks were down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins. But they were coming home, to one of the loudest crowds in the league. The entire city of San Jose was pumped for the first Stanley Cup Final game in its history, and ready to celebrate.

Pittsburgh scored first, but Justin Braun tied it up a few minutes later. The game remained tied until late in the second period, when Pittsburgh pulled ahead again. But, living up to his big goal reputation, Joel Ward tied the game back up midway through the third period. With no more goals scored in regulation, the two teams were headed to overtime.

The Sharks had not been lucky in overtime during this playoff run, having gone 0-4 entering Game 3. No team had ever gone 0-5 in a single playoff run. Joonas Donskoi was not about to let that happen.

12:18 seconds into the first overtime period, rookie Joonas Donskoi scored what is now the biggest goal in Sharks history to give the franchise it's first Stanley Cup Final win.

He also spawned possibly the greatest goal call of the year, courtesey of Finnish television.

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