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San Jose Sharks Are Finally In The Game

San Jose SharksIt is my uneducated, irrelevant opinion that the San Jose Sharks are finally into the playoffs. That doesn’t mean ‘physically’ in the playoffs - we’ve been there all along, but mentally in the game. Here are the budding symptoms as I see them…

‘Bouncebackablity’ - Remember the goal off Rob Blakes’ skate? Remember the Dan Boyle/Evgeni Nabokov auto-goal (I put Nabby in here because he’s supposed to be on his toes when the puck is near the net)? Ask any loyal Sharks fan and they will tell you those kinds of things end playoff runs. But not this time, not yet any way.

‘Non-flappability’ - Everyone knew a 3-goal lead is not enough against the Detroit Red Wings, and when they chipped away at that lead the Sharks continued to play aggressively and press forward. Ask any loyal Sharks fan and they will tell you that kind of thing would have the Sharks playing back. The Sharks would start looking nervous and lost sending a message to the Red Wings that ‘you’ve gotten into our heads and we’re not sure what to do next.’

‘Adaptability’ - The Sharks seem to be going at the Red Wings differently than they did against the Colorado Avalanche. The Sharks seemed hell-bent on beating the Avalanche into submission, hitting them at every opportunity and by Game 4 you could see that tactic starting to pay off. That strategy doesn’t seem to be part of the game plan for the Red Wings primarily because it doesn’t look like it’d work (I never realized how HUGE Zetterberg is). Since the Red Wings are a bigger team the strategy is less about hitting and more about outright physical play.

Yes I know, it easy to be all of these ‘mature’ things when you’re ahead. Should the Sharks fall down 2 games at any point in these playoffs we might see a completely different animal, but for now I just want to acknowledge that in my opinion there’s definitely been growth and maturity when it comes to the battles within a game as well as between games. We’ll slay the bigger beast when we run into it.

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2 comments for “San Jose Sharks Are Finally In The Game”

  1. Congrats on the win! I am rooting for your boys.

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | April 30, 2010, 11:19 am
  2. I also think they are displaying Solidarity. These guys look like they have each others back and are coming together as a band of brothers. The own-goal might have been the rallying point, with the rest of the team wanting to pick up the much respected Boyle and Nabby.

    Posted by Son of Old TimerNo Gravatar | May 1, 2010, 12:28 am

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