Franzen Super as Red Wings Stave Off Elimination

May 7th, 2010 by Phenom Jay Leave a reply »
Looking back at Game 4, however painful for Shark fans, this had to be like turning back time and traveling into playoffs past. For years the Sharks have talked about needing to turn up the intensity, about closing the deal, about showing up to play, and for many of those years, they simply did not get the job done.

Game 4 was no different, as the Red Wings flexed their muscle and Johan Franzen looked like Clark Kent.

But with all due respect to Johan Franzen and the Red Wings, this blowout loss which is registered as second in worst playoff losses in Sharks history, was as much about the Sharks as the Red Wings.

Let's just call it like it is, the Sharks did not come out ready to play, and the Red Wings were well, the Red Wings. Did you honestly expect a different effort from them? Facing elimination the Wings have outscored their opponents 13-2.

"They anted up and we didn't," said Shark coach Todd McLellan

No kidding

Anyone watching Game 4 would have to be blind to not see the same traits that the postseason Sharks have been well known for. Not ready to play, playing distracted, sloppy passes, bad coverage, poor effort, and concentrati ...

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