Don’t Panic! Why a Game Four Blowout Was Best for the San Jose Sharks

May 6th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »

I consider my father to be the consummate authoritative fan of the 27-time World Champion New York Yankees.

Growing up, he would always tell me: “If you’re going to lose, you might as well lose big.”

Thursday night, with the infathomable chance to sweep the vaunted Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the San Jose Sharks did just that. They lost BIG! 7-1 to be exact.

Johan Franzen tallied a natural hat trick to open scoring and the Sharks trailed 5-0 by the time the horn sounded to signal the merciful end of the first period.

A goaltending change from heretofore playoff stud Evgeni Nabokov to back-up Thomas Greiss yielded little change to San Jose’s fortunes, as the Red Wings pushed the score to 6-0 before the Sharks finally scored on a Dany Heatley power play tally to avert the embarrassment of a shutout.

The Sharks became the first team since 1945 to fail to sweep the Red Wings after taking a 3-0 best-of-seven series lead. None ...

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