Err Apparent: San Jose Sharks Need to Limit Mistakes Above All Else

June 2nd, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
When looking to diagnose the root cause of the San Jose Sharks' 2010 Western Conference Finals loss, one has many options to consider.

The Blackhawks had better team speed. The Sharks' power play lacked urgency. There was too little traffic in front of Antti Niemi and too much in front of Evgeni Nabokov.

The Joe Show (Pavelski and Thornton) took an intermission at precisely the wrong time. The Sharks showed resolve, but the proverbial 60-minute effort eluded them, and they failed to hold leads (having scored the first goal in three of the four games).

Perhaps the bulk of the blame, however, rests on details and execution. Whether it was Nabby letting in a soft goal or two, a questionable pass leading to a high turnover, or a defensive lapse leaving a dangerous scorer (<cough> Byfuglien <cough>) wide open in the slot, key mistakes in critical moments contributed more than any other aspect to all four Sharks losses in the series.

In Game One, leading 1-0, Nabby allowed what amounted to little more than a dump in to tie the game when he failed to close the five-hole. Then the Sharks got caught focusing on the p ...

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