Curb Your Enthusiasm: Can McLellan’s Stoicism Help the San Jose Sharks?

May 10th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »

Since the turn of the century, playoff hockey in the Silicon Valley resembled plot lines from the greatest sitcom of all time. No, not Curb Your Enthusiasm , but another Larry David product: Seinfeld .

The basic premise of Seinfeld was once aptly summed up by a former roommate of mine as, “Anything that can go wrong, does go wrong.”

If that is not a spot-on description of San Jose Sharks playoff hockey from about 2000 through their devastating loss to the Anaheim Ducks last year, I fail to see what else is.

Having just defeated the Detroit Red Wings in five games to earn the franchise’s second Western Conference finals berth, the Sharks sport a postseason record of 8-3 in 2010.

In the three losses, it seemed that everything that could go wrong was still going wrong: A deflection goal with less than a minute off Rob Blake’s skate in Game One against Colorado, a redirected dump pass from Dan Boyle beating Evgeni Nabokov in a scoreless overtime game in Game Three against Colorado, and a game where nobody in tea ...

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