San Jose Sharks Digging Their Own Grave

May 19th, 2010 by Daniel Petri Leave a reply »
If you are a Sharks fan reading this article, all I can say to possibly cheer you up is that the series is not over yet.  

The Chicago Blackhawks have won games one and two to take a solid 2-0 series lead, but it is first to four wins, not first to two.

Now, an optimist would simply say that the Sharks have played well but have not gotten the bounces, yet. 

The East Coast/Canadian/NHL media are cuing up the broken record of "dem Sharks be choking der!"  (as if a team can possibly "choke" in the Western Conference Finals against the team that everyone picked to win the Stanley Cup.)

But no, alas, the 2-0 series hole that the Sharks find themselves in is far more complex, yet simple, to understand.


Problem One

The Sharks are getting outplayed and the Sharks lines do not match-up well against the lines of Chicago. 

This is the fault of Todd McLellan who is far too stubborn to stick with the match-ups that work well. 

A prime example is the game winning goal in game one. Instead of doing the proper match-up which had stuffed Chicago's first li ...

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