NHL Playoffs: San Jose Sharks Need Killer Instinct in Round Two

April 29th, 2010 by Jimmy Bradshaw Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks open round two of the Stanley Cup playoff action opposite the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday with home ice. It's a given that the "Shark Tank" crowd will be loud, but can the Sharks exhibit the "killer's instinct," that was rarely displayed in their first round series against the Colorado Avalanche? 

The Red Wings are a seasoned team that is playing its best hockey of the current campaign. Detroit vanquished a very good Phoenix Coyotes in round one. The game count was 4-3 as the Wings dominated game seven in Arizona. This Coyotes squad was a real thorn in San Jose's side during the regular season, beating the Sharks once, and extending four other matches to shootouts.

The Red Wings beat the Sharks in two of three matches, losing only in a shootout. Detroit has been a constant nemesis to San Jose in past playoff action, besting the Sharks most recently in the 2007 Western Conference Final. This year's Sharks run in the playoffs goes through Detroit and could end there. 

San Jose dominated the Avalanche during their first round playoff victory, out shooting "The 'Lanche" in all but one period. However, the squad lost t ...

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