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San Jose Sharks - It IS The Red Wings Again

San Jose SharksA week ago I wrote that history was repeating itself - the San Jose Sharks were meeting the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semi-Finals for the second year in a row. The post was titled ‘It Is The Red Wings…Again’. Well as you all know it’s EXACTLY the same thing again. Game 3 of 2011 played out the same as Game 3 of 2010. Both were 4-3 overtime wins, both on May 4 and both on passes from Joe Thornton. And most of all the end result is the Sharks taking a 3 games to none lead in the series.

I was listening to the first periods of the game on the radio. On the radio broadcast they interviewed two hockey reporters during each intermission. The first intermission was a reporter from Ottawa reporting for a Canadian print news network. The second intermission was Pierre LeBrun from ESPN. Both of them, separate from each other, said that this series is the one everyone wanted to see. Pierre LeBrun said he felt the winner of this series will be the head-on favorite to win The Cup because, as he put it, ‘…the East is really weak’.

Some things my un-educated eyes have noticed. Has Marc-Edouard Vlassic turned into a ‘punchy’ force of a defenseman since the playoffs started?! I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play quite as aggressively as he has since The Grind started. Am I the only one who is eternally grateful for the change in goal tender? Doesn’t it seem like we don’t have 3 lines of forward, but more like 3 waves that have to be defended with equal vigor and vigilance? LeBrun pointed out if your third line is centered by Joe Pavelski you’ve got a lot of depth - a LOT of depth. And am I noticing and incredible dedication to team defense?

It’s good to be a Sharks fan right now. They mentioned on the radio that Red Wings Coach Mike Babcock said if you go down 3-0 in the playoffs you’re done (eluding to that after going up 3-0 against Phoenix), so hopefully he’s right. If the Sharks win on Friday I’ll be happy about moving on and the team getting some rest. If they lose I’ll be happy cause we’re planning to go to the game on Sunday. I love no-lose situations…

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