So Doin Work isn’t exactly NHL Central. That we know. We don’t follow much hockey out here in California. It’s not that we don’t appreciate it, it’s just that we don’t feel it like our neighbors to the northeast. But, as a Northern California sports fan, you can’t help but take a little pride in the success of the San Jose Sharks. They’re a perennial contender, and they constantly are reloading their roster with top of the line talent. All the other Bay Area teams are lucky to have one of those characteristics. The problem with the Sharks though – like most hometown teams here – is they can’t get over the hump in the postseason. The Sharks are entering their sixth consecutive postseason, this time, like many others, a high seed in the Western Conference bracket. They’ve failed thus far though, to not only win a ring, but make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. In their early years of existence, the team was a perennial Cinderella, entering as a low seed and scoring some memorable upsets. Lately, though, it’s not uncommon to see the Sharks with home ice advantage, only to bow out of the playoffs early.
They enter this postseason once again the #1 seed, drawing the Colorado Avalanche. Rob Blake won one for his old team, deflecting a pass off his skate into his own net in Game 1, putting the Sharks in a familiar 0-1 hole. It’s only one game, but one can’t help but think that this is the beginning of another Shark’ playoff meltdown. Game 2 is tomorrow night in San Jose at 7pm local time. Let’s hope they can draw even in the series and not make this another disappointing Bay Area playoff performance.
April 15th, 2010 at 9:15 pm
After the events of Vancouver the NHL should’ve been ridin’ on the crest of a wave. Instead they’re drowning in their own incredulity ! Bettman and the Board of Governors of the NHL couldn’t sell ice to the Eskimos , much less market the sport domestically or on a global scale.
They’ve a rivalry in the sport with Crosby and Ovechkin . But for the lack of national tv deal . Most discerning fans of sport in general wouldn’t know who either of these guys are and that’s even with NBC’s asnine coverage of the games.
April 15th, 2010 at 11:12 pm
it seems as if every year the sharks do something like this. I, personally, am a Devils fan, but the Sharks are one of my favorite teams. It gets frustrating after a while, I am really pulling for them this year because it doesn’t look like my Devils will be doing anything special in the postseason.
April 16th, 2010 at 1:01 pm
I’m not much of a NHL guy either, but the Sharks are the one team I enjoy watching in the NHL. Hopefully they can bounce back and hoist up Lord Stanley this season.