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San Jose Sharks First In The West To The Second Round

San Jose SharksDuring the two day lull between the end of the regular season and the start of the playoffs there were a lot of musings about various topics on XM Radio’s NHL Home Ice. One topic of discussion was centered around who might be this year’s playoff surprise - that one relatively unknown guy that would be the difference for his team.

For the San Jose Sharks that guy would be ‘Playmaker’.

Unrulytraveller wrote ‘I’m going to start calling him Pavelski the Playmaker–just playmaker for short–because he (along with Clowe and Seto) are the ones really getting it done.’ I began telling my friends about unruly’s new nickname for Pavelski and if Game 6 is a sign of things to come it won’t be long before the new nickname becomes commonplace within my hockey circles.

Considering all that has happened in the first round it seems odd that the Sharks would end up being the first team from the West to move on. Maybe the other teams didn’t have the kind unusual shenanigans that the Sharks had to deal with, but at the end of the day almost everyone else is also taking at least 6 games to determine their series.

Unrulytraveller is also very perplexed by the lack of production by our top line, and he is not alone. There’s much to see in the next round. Were Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley neutralized because of Colorado’s speed? Did Colorado throw all their defensive efforts at the top line allowing Playmaker’s line to flourish? Will the roles be reversed against a second round opponent who might not be as quick but a little bigger? All those questions will come to pass soon enough, but the one question I have for now is, if this isn’t a fluke and our best line for the playoffs is Playmaker/Clowe/Setoguchi - are those guys good enough to match up with the rest of the west?

Enjoy the time off - I know I will. Who’s next?

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2 comments for “San Jose Sharks First In The West To The Second Round”

  1. Congratulations to the Sharks for moving on to the next round. Who will be their most likely opponent?

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | April 26, 2010, 12:58 pm
  2. My gut feeling is that Chicago will beat Nashville tonight, that leaves the winner of the Phoenix/Detroit game. I’d of course rather face Phoenix than the Red Wings…

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | April 26, 2010, 1:00 pm

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