May 18, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) is congratulated by defenseman Brent Burns (88) and center Scott Gomez (23) after scoring the game-winning goal against the Los Angeles Kings in overtime of game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion. The San Jose Sharks defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Bay Area Buzz 5/19: Sharks Pull Off OT Win, Cespedes Unlucky

San Jose Sharks Pull Off Overtime Win in “Survivor” Game

The Sharks feel that for most of the three games so far, they have been the better team. It seems more accurate to say that the Sharks and Kings have been equals, with the results depending on clutch plays at clutch moments. More are to come. The Sharks played half the game on guts Saturday. But they finished in style. They’ll need both qualities Tuesday and beyond.

– Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News

Cespedes Has Power but Little to Show for It 

Yoenis Cespedes has been hitting the ball hard but has nothing to show for it. He ended a career-worst 0-for-16 skid last Sunday but was 2-for-15 entering Saturday’s game.

Over the past nine games, Cespedes was hitting .088 (3-for-34) while the A’s went 3-6. Yes, A’s fans, there is a correlation.

The good news is that Cespedes had not struck out in six straight games, matching his career best from last June.

– Rick Eymer,

Venezuelan Ballplayers Not Safe at Home

Giants’ Guillermo Quiroz was carjacked at gunpoint twice in his hometown of Maracaibo. In 1999, five gunmen took his car and his father’s SUV as the Quirozes were backing them out of a narrow driveway. In 2004, the catcher was carjacked again as he drove for food.

“Sad to say, it’s not safe there,” Quiroz said. “Crime in Venezuela has gone up these years. There aren’t many jobs. People who can’t get a job need to eat one way or another.”

– Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle

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