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San Jose Sharks Four-Peat: Down 0-1 Again

San Jose SharksWhen I was a kid growing up in San Francisco there were generally two places my family would go for vacation – Hawaii and Los Angeles. One of the things that always stood out about those trips was the weather. I always thought those two places were ‘different’ because it was always hot and humid in the summer. It wasn’t until years later as an adult that I realized that it is in fact San Francisco weather that is out of the ordinary – that the cold, dry and often foggy summers are the oddity and not the heat.

Growing up solely a 49er fan I always sang the praises of one-game playoff format. I always felt that those best-of-five and best-of-seven playoff series were ‘less than’ and diminished the importance of a playoff game. Like the weather in Hawaii and Los Angeles, I’ve come to realize that the “best-of” series format is actually more the norm than the one game playoff. It was very difficult for me to transition from football to hockey because I took (take) every playoff loss like it means the season is over, just as it would if we were talking football. I’m not alone - pittpen shared with me that he too went through the same kind of transition. I’m happy to report that I’m getting better – not by much though.

Over the last three seasons the San Jose Sharks have lost the home opener in all of their 4 playoff series – and I’ve been lucky enough to have been in the building each time to witness it in person. Every time they lose that first game my mind assumes we’re done for the playoffs, I need to cancel my season tickets for next year, we’re never going to turn it around, etc. Okay I admit it, not ALL of those thoughts are due to the one-game to seven-game transition, but you get the idea.

As you all know (and probably have come to expect) the Sharks dropped their first round home opener again, and I was there…again. Meh….

I’m actually a little more hopeful about it all than I would have been in seasons past. As unrulytraveller put it, “Well, the Avs got their one. Let’s hope it is all they get.” With the exception of the second period the Sharks came out and played a good game - especially that all important, tone setting first period. Remember I’ve been there for these Game One’s and I talked yesterday about how important I felt it was for the San Jose Sharks to set the tempo early. I felt like they did that. They played with some speed and aggression, and they didn’t seem to be over-thinking. They didn’t shy away or play hesitant, and the lower lines provided some decent production and energy.

To me this is HUGE progress. The Sharks have tremendous pressure and expectation on their shoulders, they historically play poorly when they have too many days off and they always try too hard at home because they want to reward the home crowd. Given all those things I felt like the Sharks were playing smart, veteran hockey which hopefully pays off over the course of the series. I don’t think they’re Stanley Cup Champion ready, but it’s a start.

By the way, I was also in the building for Game 2 against the Dallas Stars (’08) and Anaheim Ducks (’09), you know – the games where the Sharks lose again and go down 2 games to none. I’ll be there for Game 2 again tomorrow and this time I’m expecting different results.

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5 comments for “San Jose Sharks Four-Peat: Down 0-1 Again”

  1. I was shocked at this one but one thing I have learned is never rest on laurels and anything can happen..I guess that is two things LOL The Sharks are a force to be reckoned with and I doubt the number will stay at zero for long..

    Posted by PuckGalNo Gravatar | April 15, 2010, 3:47 pm
  2. I hope you are right puckgal. And congrats to the Yotes, by the way. I hope they can repeat their success against the wing-ed wheel in game two.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | April 16, 2010, 2:59 am
  3. It sucks being down 0-1 especially when you are playing on home ice, but hey it happens and a team will have to step it up and show the opponent who wants it more.

    Let’s hope the Pens do this as well…

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | April 16, 2010, 5:23 am
  4. Well, after a rollercoaster of a game, the series is tied 1-1. Kudos to Pavs and Seto, now we need the HTMLine and nabby to start playing like they are capable of and show some real interest/emotional investment in this series. Go Sharks! All we need is three more.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | April 17, 2010, 4:58 am
  5. [...] seems we’ve come full circle since my last post, where I expected the San Jose Sharks to win Game 2 (which they did with me in the building thank you very much!). Two games later we’re right [...]

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