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Sharks Suffer Their Worst Loss of the Season

sharksfanSometimes a curse is a blessing. The thing that bothers me the most actually worked in my favor yesterday: the lack of hockey coverage meant I didn’t have to endure endless reports of just how badly the San Jose Sharks had been beaten by the Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks played awful, so bad that even Evgeni Nabokov seemed to give up some very easy goals.

I guess it makes sense from the Red Wings point of view – you’re the reigning Stanley Cup Champs and here comes that “unstoppable force” into your building. If you’re really champions you’d really want to take the opportunity to offer them an old fashioned humbling.

Before the start of the third period Todd McLellan said he wanted to see how his team would respond – how would the team leaders lead. They led by giving up 3 more goals. I think it’s going to be VERY important to beat the New York Rangers tomorrow, otherwise I think we might be looking at the Sharks moving sideways over the next few weeks.

The loss was the first regular season loss for the Sharks since losing to the Phoenix Coyotes back on November 9, and that game was followed by an overtime loss to the Nashville Predators. That two game losing streak was followed by 9 wins in a row. Will the Sharks repeat the same kind of ‘bounce’? The Sharks, after the next two games at home, play 6 out of their next 7 on the road. The end of that road streak includes back-to-back games at Edmonton and Vancouver.

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