San Jose Sharks Drop Fourth Straight as Lady Luck Runs Out

January 11th, 2011 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
A more fitting coincidence there never was. I was driving home from Las Vegas, listening to the San Jose Sharks radio broadcast as Dan Rusanowsky and Jamie Baker ably wrapped up the postmortem on a 1-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks that capped the Sharks first four-game losing streak of the year.

One of the Sharks' old nemeses, Jonas Hiller, had again stifled them in a game where they literally did everything but win. Hiller stopped every one of the Sharks 37 shots on goal to make a single tally from Bobby Ryan stand up for the win.

As Rusanowsky reminded listeners about the next exciting radio broadcast and signed off with his customary final reiteration of the game's score, the regular programming of the Watsonville affiliate resumed, and the familiar tones of Frank Sinatra's "Luck Be a Lady" rang through my car's stereo.

The obvious coincidence was a striking reminder that no matter how talented or powerful a team is, every champion requires a little luck. Nowhere was that more obvious than in Sunday night's game in Orange County.

The Sharks did nearly everything right but could not find a way to score against the enigmatic Hiller, and thus, co ...

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