Playoff hockey is back at SAP Center.
The San Jose Sharks — leading the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 in a first-round playoff series after scoring two key road victories — will host their division rivals in Game 3 Monday night. The puck is set to drop at 7:30 p.m.
San Jose blanked Anaheim 3-0 in Game 1 thanks to two goals from new Shark Evander Kane and another lamp-lighting shot from Brent Burns. Martin Jones chipped in with 25 saves.
The Sharks on Saturday fell behind in the first minute of Game 2 but managed to regroup, take the lead and hold on for a 3-2 victory.
In celebration of the Sharks returning to the playoffs, San Joseis decked out in teal. City Hall's rotunda will be lit up in Sharks colors throughout the playoffs. Sharks jersey banners are hanging over San Pedro Street. "Playoff mode" signs have been placed at scores of businesses across the city.
"The city gets behind it," Sharks President John Tortora said. "The Sharks are more than a hockey team. We're San Jose. Our fans and the city connect with the team because we use San Jose in our name. The city gets behind us and supports the team. This generates excitement. Fans are excited. The city is excited. We're ready to go."
Before Monday night's game and Game 4 on Wednesday, a street rally is slated to take place between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. outside SAP Center along Autumn Street between Santa Clara and St. John streets. Fans can expect to enjoy live music, photo opportunities, face painters and more.
If necessary, the Sharks will host a watch party for Game 5 on Friday at the San Pedro Square Market.