San Jose Sharks Take a Bite Out of Hockeytown

May 9th, 2010 by Daniel Petri Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks needed five games to take down the Detroit Wings. 

That's right, the San Jose Sharks won the series, and yes, it took just five games. Do you believe in mild-upsets? Yes! 

For the San Jose Sharks, for Joe Thornton, for Patrick Marleau, and for Sharks fans everywhere, the series win lifts a big monkey off their backs. This is not the Sharks first adventure into the Western Conference Finals. In fact, it looks eerily similar to the last one.

Back in 2003-2004, Vincent Damphousse was a regular season whipping boy. He looked a slow, washed up, waste of a roster spot. He took ticky-tacky hooking, holding and tripping penalties. Yet, despite all the negatives Damphousse endured in the regular season, then coach Ron Wilson and General Manager Doug Wilson had faith in their man.

Damphousse rewarded that faith, providing much needed scoring, solid defensive play, and great locker room leadership to a Sharks team that everyone counted out. 

Sound familiar? It should. 

Captain Rob Blake took verbal beatings, from fans and media members, for being too slow, for taking silly penalties ...

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