San Jose Sharks Back in Must-Win Situation

May 8th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
I know, I know: Todd McLellan hates to call any game the team is not facing elimination a must-win. The fact is the Detroit Red Wings still have three games to win and clinch nothing by winning Saturday night.

But after a 7-1 blowout loss like the one the San Jose Sharks suffered Thursday night, they clearly not only let the fighter off the ropes at Joe Louis Arena, but took several stunning blows to the face. A game like that can send a team reeling.

Fortunately, the bell sounded and they got to go to the corner and regroup. All they have to do now is go back to landing more punches than they take.

But you never want to go on the road after letting your opponent take two games in a row: Detroit would have the momentum and the home ice.

With those elements working for them, they would be favoured to win Game Six, giving them even more mojo with the Sharks having even more pressure for Game Seven.

Moreover, the Sharks are in a worse position than most teams up 3-1 in this regard:

1. The Sharks are facing the heavyweight champion: Detroit is the two-time defending Western Conference champion that, the year before ...

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