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It is what it is
Devastating end to last season casts a pall over this season
10/7/14 - By Paul Krill -

I don't know about you, but I'm finding it hard to get excited about this new Sharks season, which starts this Wednesday.

Of course, this is all about the disastrous ending to last season, when the Sharks choked on a 3-0 series lead and lost to the Kings in the first round, becoming one of the only teams to ever lose a series after being ahead three games to none. It just seems like last season's collapse is the big elephant in the room whether people want to talk about it or not. I've been to two pre-season games this year (in which the Sharks had plenty of trouble scoring and goaltender Antti Niemi failed to stop either shootout shot he faced). I went to the recent Fanfest. And for me, at least, the stench of last season's ending just casts a pall over this season.

It's as if last season's complete failure ruins this season. We know from the annual playoff choking that the regular season means very little - the Sharks could win all 82 games in the regular season and pundits, etc still would not take them seriously in the post-season. And who can blame them?

In the off-season, we've seen Sharks management upset Joe Thornton, taking the captaincy away and calling this a "tomorrow" team. But Thornton is still here, as is Patrick Marleau. There really haven't been many big changes in the roster - some tweaking here and there. But the bottom line remains the same: This has been a topnotch team that just can never get it done in the playoffs, no matter who is on the team or who is coaching the team. We even have Larry Robinson on the coaching staff, and he has something like nine Stanley Cup rings from his playing days as well as coaching. Still, the Sharks early playoff exits have continued just the same.

Like every year dating back to 1991, I'm hoping the Sharks can get to the Stanley Cup Final this season, at long last. Can they? We won't even know for another seven or eight months. At least from here on out, we'll breath a sigh of relief when the Sharks lose of one of the first three games in any playoff series. That has to count for something, no?

…Penalty shots…Kudos to the NHL for selecting Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara as the site for the Sharks' outdoor game and not AT&T Park in San Francisco. Besides being just a few miles from the Sharks' everyday arena, unlike AT&T Park, Levi's also is not the home of an organization blocking San Jose from ever hosting Major League Baseball.

Thumbs up on this call, NHL. Now let's hope we don't get a big wind-and-rainstorm the day that game is played in February…Speaking of Major League Baseball, the Oakland A's just finished another season where they looked so promising but then collapsed at the end. Why does this all sound so familiar?

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