Sunday, April 25, 2010

WHEW!

Ok, so it took six games and the boys having to seriously buckle down and put the screws to the 'Lanche, but they did it. Yes, you can say that it wouldn't have been that bad if it wasn't for a couple of fluky goals. I say that at least one should have never happened. Three OT games? Seriously? Yes, I know that the Avalanche are a decent young team that will be a force in the next few years, but come on! There's no way that those games should have been that close. Craig Anderson is decent, but he's not the kind of goaltender that can steal a game. At least he shouldn't be. Game three was all Anderson. You could even argue that game one he stole too. The best thing that you can take away from round one is that the scoring is coming from outside the top line. The Pride of Plover Wisconsin, Joe Pavelski, has 5 goals in 6 games. Classic.

Now, on to round two. Every other series is 3-2 as I write this (Phoenix leads Detroit 1-0 in the first period of game 6), so if you project the series leaders advancing, the second round will be Chicago Vs. Vancouver and the Sharks Vs. Detroit. Ugh. The history between the Sharks and the 'Wings isn't the greatest. The 'Wings lead overall two series to one. The one, any Sharks fans will know, is the huge upset in the 1993-94 season. The last time they met was during the 2006-07 season where the Sharks never scored more than two goals in any game. Yes, both the Sharks and Detroit are vastly different teams than they were then, but the fact that Detroit is on a huge roll going into the playoffs is not a good omen for San Jose.

If the Sharks have any chance of advancing, they need to do the little things. Work hard every shift, get pucks to the net, annoy the living hell out of Jimmy Howard, and generally outwork the 'Wings. Detroit will be ready to play. The Sharks better be too. I'm getting a little tired of all these seasons of high expectations, great regular seasons, and tanking (no pun intended) in the playoffs. Come on boys. Get 'em!

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