Really I did believe. Honest. After the Sharks took a 3-0 series lead the other night after falling behind Detroit 3-1 in game 3 I was ready to believe that this finally was their year.
Ohh...Too soon Junior. I'm sitting here, five hours away from the start of game 5 and I have no idea what will happen. After the 7-1 drubbing that the Sharks suffered Thursday night, my doubts came flooding back. Do the Wings have a huge mountain to climb? Yes. Do the Sharks have what it takes to close them out tonight? Absolutely. Will they? That's the $64,000 question.
It's hard to point blame or find highlights from that embarrassing loss. It was a team effort in every sense of the word. However, two things stand out to me on the positive side. Thomas Greiss. It's never easy coming into any game cold for a goaltender. A playoff road game is way more difficult. Having it be your first career playoff game in the NHL on top of it...it's amazing that Greiss didn't puke in the crease from the nerves. Instead, he goes out and plays two solid periods, giving up only two PP goals. Dan Boyle. It would have been easy to pack it in after the first period, and based on the box score, a lot of guys seemed to do just that. Not Boyle. He led the team with 8 shots, far exceeding anyone else. Add that to his nearly 25 minutes on the ice, the fact that Boyle gave it his all for all 60 minutes, he's the leadership the Sharks need right now.
Will the Sharks advance to the Western Conference Finals for only the second time in team history, or will we be forced to endure a game 6 on Monday? Only time will tell. God I hate the Wings.....