San Jose Sharks ‘Assault’ Continues
I was only kidding when I used the word ‘assault’ to describe the San Jose Sharks slump-ending win streak. In fact I was upset with myself because no sooner had I written that title that the Sharks lost two straight road games. But now the Sharks have won another 5 in a row including road wins against the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins. So now it looks like the Sharks have in fact done what they have historically done each season - put together a respectable win streak to put themselves right back into the thick of things.
The streak is/was/will be (depending upon what happens next) winning 14 out of 17 games and taking 29 out of a possible 34 points. They have now taken over the lead in the Pacific Division and are now within striking distance of the Western Conference lead. Now granted history dictates that these ‘Shark Attacks’ usually go 20+ games this one, at just 17 games, couldn’t have come at a better time. This one is even better (I dare say) than the 18 out of 20 streak to end the 2007-2008 season propelling them into the playoffs.
Every season has a story and this season is no different. This season is shaping up to be the year where the Sharks can go from zero to hero if they keep up their ‘assault’ and get the job done in the playoffs. I know there’s a lot of hockey left and I’m not making any conclusions, it’s just that a month ago we were wondering if this team could beat Northern Idaho State* let alone make the playoffs. Were Doug Wilson’s trades the right elixir at the right time? Will we ever know what went on in the locker room to get the boys to get it together? However the story finishes I’m just beside myself that I missed Devin Setoguchi’s hat trick, the second win against the Washington Capitals, the back-and-forth game against the Detroit Red Wings and the overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Memo to self - under no circumstance shall I travel out of the country for work between the months of September through May…
*I made up ‘Northern Idaho State’ to make a point but if you do exist - my apologies, I didn’t mean to insult your hockey program!