San Jose Sharks’ ‘Choke’ Reputation Grows Legendary with Collapse, What’s Next?

May 3rd, 2014 by Sean Galusha Leave a reply »
When the San Jose Sharks skated off the ice on Wednesday and raised their sticks to salute the crowd like they had done so many times over the last decade, the fans who remained tried their best to return the love.  

It was a lot harder this time around, as their team had accomplished what has only been done four times in human history—blowing a 3-0 lead in a seven-game series—and galvanizing their reputation as the biggest chokers in the game.  

Until that point, the Sharks did not deserve to be a punchline for the sports section of every newspaper publication across America and a laughingstock on Twitter.  

Because for all of their postseason failures—losing to an eighth-seeded team after winning the Presidents' Trophy, dropping every home game in the 2004 Western Conference Final, getting swept out of the playoffs by the eventual world champion Chicago Blackhawks—the Sharks never had that one defining moment in sports lore comparable to the likes of Bill Buckner's error, Donnie Moore's blown save, Earnest Byner's fumble and Gary Anderson's missed field goal. 

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