| Going their way
Everything falling into place, but real test is months'
12/1/08 - By Paul Krill
year's Sharks team reminded me of the Brooklyn Dodgers - winning but never when
it mattered most. This year's Sharks team, however, reminds me of the Steve
Why? Because like that team, it seems like everything
is going the Sharks' way. The 49ers of those days (and I am not a 49ers fan)
always seemed to have everything move in their direction. Playing half their
schedule against usually weak NFC West competition, the 49ers were able to
cruise through a good chunk of the regular season with catches by Jerry Rice,
interceptions by Merton Hanks, things like that. The wins piled up.
This Sharks season is meeting a similar fate. Need a goal? One will come. Let
in five goals? The Sharks will get six. Starting goalie out? The backup will
come in and play better than the starter.
In the Capitals game, The
Sharks were being outplayed in the first period but were still up 3-0. In this
past weekend's Coyotes game, the Sharks were down 2-0 but came to back to win.
Then, there's been games like last week's matchup against Dallas. The
team that knocked the Sharks out of the playoffs was no match for the Sharks,
who won in a laugher.
They've even won in - gasp - the shootout,
something that had caused problems in the past.
Even personnel moves
are all working out. Nobody can argue with the choice of Todd McLellan as
coach, first of all. And the acquisitions of defensemen Rob Blake and Dan Boyle
have paid off big-time.
What still has me apprehensive, though, is
this is all just the regular season and the regular season in the NHL, well,
doesn't mean all that much. Except for the minority of teams that don't make
I fear the Sharks will get in the playoffs and lose
early again while Anaheim, which already has hosted two Cup Finals, will win it
all again. Not that the Sharks' recent failings in the post season entitles
them to move into the late rounds this time around.
But there are too
many new faces on the Sharks who were not around for the second-round exits so
they shouldn't be tainted by any of it. This just might be the year the Sharks
(and Sharks) fans celebrate at season's end.
It's only about 160 days
or so till the playoffs begin. We might want to make sure we're all in town
next June when the Cup Finals happen.
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