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The Quest for Game M
Sharks are closing in on uncharted territory
5/19/16 - By Paul Krill -

The Universe is in spot where it's never been before: The San Jose Sharks at this juncture are leading a Western Conference Finals series in games won. And if they can take just two of the next four games, Sharks ticketholders will for the first time get to use tickets for Game M. For those of you confused by what Game M is, let me explain.

The playoff tickets are marked Games A, B, C, D for the first round, and so on, with Game A translating to Game 1 if the Sharks open the series at home, or Game 3 if the Sharks open on the road. You get the idea. So the first Sharks' home game in the Stanley Cup Final would be Game M.

Now, every year, I get these Cup Final playoff tickets and, when the Sharks are eliminated, they become useful as toothpicks, bookmarks or just as filler for the recycling bin. I always offer these tickets, once they are rendered useless for attending a game, to a friend at half price, in jest.

But this year, we might, at long last, actually have to tear off Game M from the season ticket packet for actual usage at an actual Stanley Cup Final. Game. I wonder what will be like? We all may get to find out in a couple of weeks or so.

This Sharks team has been dominant, stifling, even, during the post season. The Blues in Game 3 resembled the Predators in Game 7 - tired, they looked like they really just couldn't wait to get off the ice. Goalie Martin Jones has given up exactly zero goals in two games and has three shutouts in four games. But with the way the team is playing in front of him, I wouldn't be surprised if Jones was even getting bored out there. The Blues haven't scored in two-and-a-half games going into Game 4.

I hope you're all enjoying this ride. I sure am….

Penalty Shots: I was actually in Ireland when the playoffs started. After Game 1 against the Kings, I got up at 6:40 am to check the score - the Sharks had just won the game moments earlier. Eight-hour time difference….What's this with "The Wave" during Game 3?

It's a shame to see this lame embarrassment creeping its way into the stands in San Jose, and during the playoffs, even….In the highly unlikely event that Oklahoma City wins the NBA title and Tampa Bay wins the Stanley Cup, the league champions in basketball and hockey respectively will be the Thunder and the Lightning.

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