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San Jose Sharks Versus “Hot” Wings

San Jose SharksOkay I admit it, rockandrollnobody was correct, I was hoping the San Jose Sharks would not have to play the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it happened anyway. It’s not really that we have to face the Red Wings but more about how we ended up playing the Red Wings.

The Red Wings were one of the hottest teams in the NHL after the Olympic break. They went from 9th to 5th in the conference - probably the best improvement in playoff positioning of any team this year. And they didn’t just win Game 7 against the Phoenix Coyotes, they outright beat them (sorry PuckGal). They say you can’t just ‘turn it on’ when you need to, but that doesn’t seem to apply to the Red Wings. What they did to get here looks a lot like ‘turning it on’.

On NHL Live today the question was asked if it’s the Sharks’ bad luck that they draw the Red Wings again, and the response was that it’s less about luck and more about the reality of being in the Western Conference - getting past the Red Wings is a reality when you’re part of the West.

If you think about it, getting past the Sharks is also a part of that reality.

I suppose if you’re looking for a situation where the Sharks can silence the critics this would be it. It’s one thing to go deep into the playoffs, it’s another to do it via Detroit. If we’re going to go for it you might as well get as much street cred as you can along the way.

I’m lucky enough to be going to my 5th straight series home opener tonight and this time, like Bullwinkle said “this time for SURE!”, I’m hoping to finally leave a winner - up one game to none.

Here we go again…God help me…

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6 comments for “San Jose Sharks Versus “Hot” Wings”

  1. I’m rooting for the Sharks just because I want them to get over the wall of not being able to defeat Detroit when it counts. I would also rather see Washington be considered the new “San Jose Sharks” in the NHL.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | April 29, 2010, 8:04 pm
  2. Well, we took the first game, and once again The Playmaker gets the game winning goal and was the best Shark on the ice all night.

    Posted by unrulytravllerNo Gravatar | April 29, 2010, 8:55 pm
  3. Finally! Up 1-0 to start a series. I’m exhausted…again…

    ‘Playmaker’, or ‘The Big Pavelski’, did in fact come through again unruly - he’s the man until further notice.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | April 29, 2010, 10:08 pm
  4. Great game but Detroit definitely looked like they “woke up” in the second. I think the Red Wings are going to come out strong in the next game.

    Posted by pittpenNo Gravatar | April 30, 2010, 8:53 am
  5. I think the Sharks are showing more bottle than in previous years. I wouldn’t count them out. Should be a great series!

    Posted by rocknrollnobodyNo Gravatar | April 30, 2010, 10:32 am
  6. @pittpen - we know the Red Wings are like the Terminator - they never stop, but hopefully the Sharks expect that and won’t let it get to them like it has in the past.

    @rocknrollnobody - thanks for noticing, I see a little more fight in the Sharks this year. I predict/fear a 7-game series filled with 1-goal games.

    Posted by sharksfanNo Gravatar | April 30, 2010, 10:37 am

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