2010 NHL Playoffs: Can the San Jose Sharks Get Rid of the “Choker” Label?

April 22nd, 2010 by chase ruttig Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks are on the brink of another April collapse. It is a story that is all too familiar come playoff time.

The Sharks come into the playoffs after a impressive regular season only to meet a young team with hot goaltending and hungry play and get sent home early, leaving hockey experts scratching their heads after picking San Jose to win it all entering the playoffs.

Over the last five years they have won their division, but they have yet to make a Stanley Cup Finals appearance and have eventually choked in every way possible.

The blame usually falls upon star player Joe Thornton, who throughout his career has disappeared in the playoffs, but at some point management and the rest of his team has to take accountability for the playoff performance of their franchise. When it comes down to it, this is a team that is nearly a lock to finish first in the West every year, but it seems to just fall apart when the going gets tough.

The Sharks traded to get Dany Heatley and Rob Blake for a playoff push, but with Heatley's injuries and Blake's age, I wonder if management made the necessary moves to get the team over the ...

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