(248): Hey cutie is the game almost over? I’m making dinner for us it’ll be ready soon. Xox
(1-248): You would rather make dinner than watch a hockey game that rivals the epic-ness of miracle, the one of the biggest upsets in sport history? Babe I don’t know if I can date a girl with such terrible priorities.
“I definitely believe in this group," McLellan said after the game. "You know, there’s going to be a lot of people sitting behind a computer and a typewriter writing their stories tomorrow. I know exactly how they’re going to come out because that’s what you guys do. But when you’re in between those walls, in those bricks, we believe in that group. We have that experience now. We’ve gone through that. Maybe we can expand on it.”—
The Blackhawks sweep the Sharks 4-0. And will advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.
This hurts..it really does. I don’t know what hurts worse, last years first round exit..or this years third round exit.
This season was great all around , until its very bitter end. After dispatching Detroit in the second round, a new hope emerged in San Jose that Lord Stanley just might find his way here, but it was not meant to be.
Following the loss of game one in San Jose, the Sharks showed no anger or urgency from it, they simply pushed it aside and said “its just the first game” well that first game turned into the second game, and into the third and ending today in the fourth game.
Both teams played with their cities on their shoulders, but only Chicago could handle the weight. And they will move on deservedly so.
The Sharks will come home in a few days, and clean out the lockers. And us Sharks fans will have to watch the cup finals on tv, with our team not present yet again.
This season was different in many ways, at times the Sharks showed more heart than ever before, and at times they showed their ugly historical self. One of these performances notably being the 7-2 loss at home handed to the Sharks by these very same Blackhawks.
Coming into the conference finals myself and other Sharks fans were reminded by the horror that was the 03-04 conference finals, and this year was clearly worse.
But now..there are no more excuses no more “chokes” The Sharks have shown they can surpass the early rounds, now they just have to go all the way and do it and bring this cup to San Jose , a town that hungers for its first drink from the Holy Grail of Hockey. And a Bay Area that longs for another title to return it to its rightful glory.
This was not a choke, this was a plain and simple defeat. The difference? Usually the Sharks would play hard then blow it on stupid and self destructive plays, IE Bryan Campbell taking a penalty in the 4th OT in 07-08 Semi’s.
Or Vesa Toskala making a horrible attempt to play the puck in the 05-06 semis which ultimately ended up in the back of the Sharks net.
This year, the Sharks played hard, but Chicago played harder. There was no defining moment that was the catalyst for the Sharks demise, they were simply outplayed. By a faster and more determined team.
And now, yet again the Sharks will have to look to next year, and what I believe will be a very different team.
This may be the last time we see Evgeni Nabakov in a Sharks sweater, and this raises the question of who would replace him, obviously Griess is out of the question as he is in no position to even attempt to be a full time starter, but I could be wrong. I will stay away from these predictions and just hope that I get proven wrong next year with the Cup in our city.
See you next season Sharks, thanks for a memorable season.
And Nabby if this is your last game, thanks for the memories.
“The hockey fans here are well-educated; they know the game. They took the time to learn it, and once a hockey fan, always a hockey fan here in the Bay Area.”—longest-serving Sharks player, Patrick Marleau, Friday after practice