Swimming Under the SONAR: San Jose Sharks Relishing Underdog Role?

May 12th, 2010 by Patrick Goulding II Leave a reply »

As I have pointed out many times, the theme of the 2010 NHL Playoffs for the San Jose Sharks has been “Overcome.”

Having entered these playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the second consecutive season, that might strike the casual observer as fairly odd. As the top seed, the Sharks knew going in that they would automatically enjoy home ice advantage and the most “favorable” match up in each round for as long as they last.

But even despite this fact, the “Overcome” theme was appropriate for this squad, as they have had to find ways to slay the ghosts of playoffs past and beat the odds at every turn so far.

They might have been a top seed going in, but luck was not on their side. A deflection goal in the last minute of Game One against Colorado and a devastating redirected dump pass in overtime of a scoreless Game Three of that same series put the Sharks in a sudden and seemingly demoralizing 2-1 series hole.

Even before the series began, heck before the season began, people we ...

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