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Sharks Proving They Can Almost Win

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

The Sharks will lose this series. But they can also use this series. They can keep proving to the hockey world that this is not the same old Sharks team that has fallen out of the playoffs by losing to inferior teams.

Of all the subtexts to this postseason, that one has been the most frequently texted. The Shark players are well-aware that with only four teams remaining in the Stanley Cup tournament, the rest of the hockey world is watching them against Chicago.

In that sense, the Sharks have made their point. We tend to forget that most of the continent seldom sees them play, being stuck out in our little Pacific time zone corner of puckishness in the Bay Area. In two of three games against Chicago, the Sharks have earned full marks, playing well enough to almost win, but not quite.


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Baroque's avatar

What an extremely odd tone in the article. It seems both defeatist (just win one more game, just don’t get swept, because obviously there is no chance to come back even though the games have been very close) and advocating use of this series as a moral victory.

Usually the moral victory is mentioned when a clearly outclassed team goes down fighting and gains praise for an honourable defeat, not when a number one seed is trying to avoid being swept by a number two seed in a playoff series.

I’d be very surprised if the players themselves are thinking like that; but it makes me wonder why the media is. Just ...odd.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 05/23/10 at 12:04 PM ET

pgoody's avatar

how bout a nice STFU game 4 like Detroit had? think you can score that many times 5 x 5 sharks?

Posted by pgoody on 05/23/10 at 01:05 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Glad to see they exorcised…excuse me…exercised those demons.

Posted by mrfluffy from A wide spot on I-90 in Montana on 05/23/10 at 11:31 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Just happy to see there’s still justice in the universe.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 05/24/10 at 04:22 PM ET

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