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Changing the Script
Other stars have to share the focus
4/30/13 - By Ken Smyth -

There's an overall malaise amongst Sharks' fans this playoff run, it could be we all came to the same conclusion. If Patrick Marleau or Joe Thornton were going to tie the Sharks to their back and drag them to the Stanley Cup finals it would have happened by now. Those of us with long memories can recite even more This Date In Sharks' Misery moments; no I won't go back there, it's a dark and useless place. This season could, however, be a breakthrough in a few other ways.

The Sharks looked like a sure bet for a top ten draft pick at mid-season. But between moving Brent Burns to forward, the trades of Douglas Murray and Ryane Clowe, and the line shake-ups with the addition of Raffi Torres they pulled into the playoffs. But this is no longer a team waiting for Thornton and Marleau to score the big goals.

These playoffs need to be the stage for Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Burns to show they are the players first coming to mind when you think of the San Jose Sharks. We know that Antii Niemi can steal a series in the playoffs and he will need to do that somewhere. The Sharks' defense is actually better than in most previous years, the third defense pairing (Brad Stuart and Jason Demers/Scott Hannan) is not two guys who should be up in the press box. One excuse for stinking it up is gone already with Torres in teal now.

Vancouver is a good matchup for the Sharks. The Sharks swept them in the regular season games but not by a lot and there's still a little blood from a few seasons ago. Meanwhile, their fans are grumbling about whether the Sedins' have lost their bling and how they hate both their goalies. That feeling is probably mutual. We also need to pull for Detroit (am I saying that?) and Minnesota so the Chicago Blackhawks get dinged up before the Conference Finals. Most importantly, Go Sharks.


Contact Ken at at Kenin210@eudoramail.com



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