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San Jose Sharks: Speechless

San Jose SharksI just realized the irony of writing a post entitled ‘Speechless’. If in fact I really am speechless, there would be no post to write. So I’ve decided I’m not going to write ABOUT being speechless, I’m going to write WHY I’m speechless.

It 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 back where we started, down 1 game with fewer games to go.

By the way, I’m not going to talk about Dan Boyle’s auto-goal. There are no words to describe it, however I’m in the “feel bad for Boyle” camp and not the “blame Boyle” camp.

I don’t see how anyone who has watched the Sharks over the last 4 years can’t see the same thing that I’m seeing - that the Sharks are FINALLY playing serious, gritty, hard-hitting playoff hockey. I’ve always said it’s not the fact that the Sharks kept getting bounced from the playoffs, it’s that they seemed to lack the effort. The effort is there. So maybe our top guys aren’t producing (is Marleau injured again?), and maybe defense is a little suspect, but the effort - the taking one for the team - is all there and I’m thrilled. It’s just too bad they’re not being rewarded in the win column, and it’s because of this that I’m speechless. They’re putting in a lot of hard work to be down 2 games to one, I’m starting to wonder… are we cursed?

Right now my only fear is that they’ll give up, that maybe they’re thinking the old cliches about being ‘rewarded for hard work’ aren’t true and maybe it’s time to go golfing. Why do I think that? In addition to apparently not putting forth a playoff effort, the other knock against the Sharks has been the lack of mental and emotional fortitude to overcome adversity.

- Over the past two seasons the Sharks have not been able to overcome a 2-game deficit.
- In 2006 the Sharks failed to bounce back after a 3-OT loss to Edmonton and proceeded to lose 4 games in a row after going up 2 games to none.
- In 2007, after blowing a 2-goal lead and losing in overtime to the Detroit Red Wings, the Sharks lost 2 in a row to lose the series.

For whatever reason I would watch these things unfold and I would get a sinking feeling in my stomach - I knew that the Sharks were done. I got that feeling after the triple overtime loss to Edmonton and got it again after they blew the 2-goal lead to Detroit.

The good news is I don’t have that feeling this time.

I’m not exactly “mister in-touch-with-my-emotions” and I don’t proclaim to have spider-sense that tingles with premonitions, but I have watched sports my entire life and over time you get a sense for such things. It’s probably a combination of body language and subtle subtexts, but I don’t think they’re going to give up and I expect to see the same kind of effort in Game 4 as in Game 3. The real challenge is Game 5 if Game 4 is a loser.

Actually I won’t be watching Game 4, I have another function to attend so I’ll miss it. It’s for the best, I’m completely exhausted after just 3 games and I think my lifespan has been getting shorter as I stress out over every game. Even my good friend torturedkingsfan commented that he forgot how stressful the playoffs are (he’s a Kings fan so that alone tells you how long it’s been since he’s had ‘Playoff Stress Syndrome’). I will be back in the building for Game 5 and I know that no matter what happens on Tuesday, Game 5 will have some kind of critical importance.

This is exhausting, I don’t know how much longer I can keep this up….

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4 comments for “San Jose Sharks: Speechless”

  1. Hang in there buddy. I know how you feel when it comes to the playoffs being exhausting. Sometimes I feel like it would be better for my health for the Pens to not go any further in the playoffs just so that I can get over the anxiety of it.

    Quite frankly, I am surprised that the Sharks are down 2-1 in the series. It is too early to give up though. If the Sharks take game 4, I think they have a good shot at taking the series. However, if they do not they will lose.

    Good luck to your boys!

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | April 19, 2010, 5:02 pm
  2. There is a saying that goods teams overcome bad bounces and bad calls, let’s see if the Sharks are a good team tonight. Agree that the intensity is there, but the Hockey Gods are not smiling on the Sharks. You also have to give credit to Colorado. They started playing mind games with the Sharks by saying they should be further along as a franchise and have underachieved. They put the pressure on the Sharks and played well enough to keep it close each game. They allow a lot of shots per game and the Sharks need to take advantage of that. We had power-play chances and could not convert. We need to get people in front, not on the side of the net or crash the net. We are a bigger team and should start playing like one.

    I don’t know what it is. Yes they hustle, yes they should be rewarded, but they need to capitalize on there chances. How many open net shots hit the post or went wide? Burry your chances boys because you may not get a lot of them.

    GO SHARKS! Even it up tonight.

    Posted by FC SharksfanNo Gravatar | April 20, 2010, 1:06 pm
  3. well, they played a tough game and got the win, thanks to Pavs. 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. 3 OTs in a row, it’s fun to watch but it infuses a major dose of PSS so let’s hope the Sharks win the next one in regulation and that one of the big three gets on the scoreboard in the g column. I did like their response to Game 3 in game four, and I agree that it does not look like they are going to go quietly into the brightness of summer and the green grass of the golf course. This team has already shown more heart and determination than the last three playoff versions of the San Jose Sharks. As long as they keep it up there is no reason why they shouldn’t progress deep into the playoffs or even win the whole thing. GO SHARKS!

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | April 21, 2010, 5:52 am
  4. [...] 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. [...]

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