Sharks-Red Wings: San Jose Finds Another Way Into Victory Lane

May 6th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
This team that nobody gave credit to has a chance to do the unthinkable—sweep the Detroit Red Wings in the second round and pass their big brothers in ability.

But more importantly, they would also be laying to rest their past playoff failures, both as a team and among its stars.

We all know the team has failed to make it out of the second round in each of the past four seasons since the lockout, and has already won more games than it did in those years. One can debate the extent of their failure, but once that label is accepted around the league, it weighs on you.

Similarly, the team's biggest stars have been charged with coming up small, though that was not really the case until 2008. Joe Thornton had 15 points and an even rating in his last 19 games and Patty Marleau had 17 points and a minus-seven through his last 30.

Both put forth strong efforts in Game Three, leading the team with a goal a piece. And the most heartening thing for the Sharks is that this was the third way this team won its third game.

In Game One, the Sharks led much of the way, hit and blocked shots well, and took care of the puck. In Game Two ...

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