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San Jose Sharks…Game 7 - Enough Said

San Jose SharksIt was Tuesday, April 22 2008. It was the first time in San Jose Sharks history that they hosted a playoff Game 7 at home. It was against the Calgary Flames and the Sharks, although winning by a final of 5-3, put up 4 goals in the second period to enter the second intermission with a comfortable 5-2 lead. Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi all had goals that night. The other two were scored by Jeremy Roenick.

I was lucky – not only was I there but the game was an ‘easy’ one to watch. Of the previous 6 games, 4 of them were won by one goal and the other two were two goal games.

I’m lucky again – I get to go back for the second home playoff Game 7 in San Jose Sharks history. Thing is I don’t feel very lucky right now. In fact I’ve been feeling like a complete basket case for the last 5 days. Pittpen and I used to have this common phenomenon of not being able to handle 7-game series’ very well. We both started out as football fans and in the NFL, it’s win or go home. Although you do have an emotional swing, it’s not the roller coaster you get in hockey. The transition can sometimes be very difficult.

Maybe that’s why I’m feeling better about tonight’s game than I did about Games 4, 5 and 6. It’s not that I have any better sense about the Sharks’ ability to beat the Red Wings, but since it is Game 7 it is a ‘win or go home’ game. I know that after tonight, no matter what the outcome, it’ll be an emotionally familiar place.

The national news has been putting it out there that, at the end of the day, a Game 7 between these two teams is exactly what you would have predicted at the on-set. And if it’s reasonable to accept that the Sharks could win 3 in a row against the Red Wings it is also reasonable to accept that the Red Wings could win 3 in a row against the Sharks. I asked Canucklehead how he handled his Game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks after his Vancouver Canucks also squandered a 3-games-to-none lead.

“I know how you feel watching you team give up a lead it’s very frustrating. I think the Sharks are the better team this season but from a playoff perspective the Wings have more experience.”

Agreed, but if you look over the last 3 years the Sharks and Red Wings have had about the same amount of playoff experience.

I expect a close game again. The Red Wings strategy seems to be to keep the game close then, when the Sharks are tired and have played themselves out – strike and strike fast. In order to win I think the Sharks will need a 3 or 4 goal lead going into the 3rd period, and I expect the Red Wings to put up at least 2 in the final 10 minutes of the game. Hopefully being on the road the late start by Central Time standards will take just enough out of the Red Wings to give the Sharks the advantage in the final 5 minutes of the game, but then again these are the Red Wings and they ‘will not stop ever until you are’ done.

For context - it was Monday May 7, 2007. It was Round 2, Game 6 against the Detroit Red Wings. Detroit won 2-0 and won the series 4 games to 2. I took my then 9-year old nephew to the game because I knew if the Sharks lost at least I’d have his ‘I’m just happy to be here’ attitude to help even out my feelings. Tonight I’ll be taking my girlfriend who texted me after Game 6 ‘I may retire after this. This fanship business is emotionally taxing. I’ve become too emotionally attached.’ I don’t think she’ll have the same ‘just happy to be here’ attitude as my nephew.

GO SHARKS!!!!!!!

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One comment for “San Jose Sharks…Game 7 - Enough Said”

  1. I’m crossing my fingers for you!

    Posted by JamesNo Gravatar | May 12, 2011, 11:09 am

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