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Reversal of Fortune
To get the Sharks to win, give up on them
3/31/13 - By Paul Krill -

The other day, I picked up the remote to switch to the Sharks game and the on-screen menu showed the movie title, "Reversal of Fortune." I thought, maybe that is the Sharks game, given how the team has turned things around in the past few games. The team has now won four straight, including back-to-back shutouts on consecutive nights. (If anybody cares, "Reversal of Fortune" has utterly nothing to do with hockey but I won't get into that here.)

When the Sharks lost, I don't know, 15 of 19 games or something like that and traded Douglas Murray for some draft picks, I figured the team was cashing out this season and looking to rebuild for next year. Maybe the current coach and GM would be around next season to see it through, or maybe not. With the home-and-home Ducks series coming up, I presumed the Sharks would lose both handily and then start trading away more players from the current roster.

Then, a funny thing happened: The Sharks - gasp! - won both games against Anaheim. Following that, the Sharks shut out Detroit, sending home disappointed the throngs of Red Wings fans who regularly visit the Sharks' arena. And on Saturday, the Sharks were outplaying the Coyotes and still losing but managed to win, anyway.

So there you have it: Move to the acceptance phase that the Sharks season is toast and that they will miss the playoffs. Then, the team might suddenly be reborn as a winner. That's what we've seen the last four games. Of course, it's only four games, but the Sharks playoff prospects, which looked very bleak two weeks ago, now are looking much better. Can the Sharks keep up the winning? That remains to be seen.

Maybe I should just continue to write them off for this season. And that might be the key to a long, successful post-season.

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