San Jose Sharks: Gritty Road Win in Edmonton a Sign of Progress?

November 29th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »
Ever since assuming the coaching reins from Ron Wilson, San Jose Sharks' head coach Todd McLellan has preached reliance and commitment to "the process" (long "o" for our Canadian friends) when discussing his vision for the team.

If nothing else, McLellan's much-discussed process has yielded tangible progress for the Sharks in advancing them toward the ultimate goal.

The Sharks suffered a bitter and humbling first-round playoff defeat at the hands of the rival Anaheim Ducks in McLellan's first year as coach, only to rebound last year and fight all the way to the Western Conference Finals—passing the vaunted Detroit Red Wings along the way—before ultimately succumbing to the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Now in McLellan's third year, Team Teal has not jumped out to their customary prohibitive division and conference lead, but they are making smaller progress as the season progresses.

The Sharks passed their first major test on a young 2010-2011 season weeks ago when they handily dispatched of the then high-flying Los Angeles Kings 6-3 in a game at HP Pavilion. The excitement over the accomplishment was quickly temper ...

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