1994, 2002, 2004, 2011, 2016. What do these five years have in common? These were postseasons that the San Jose Sharks had a 3-2 series lead going into Game 6 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The first two years were memorable… for the wrong reasons. 1994 had the infamous Garpenlov crossbar shot and subsequent overtime loss to Toronto, who would win the series in Game 7. 2002 unfortunately had a similar end result in overtime, but also included an earthquake in the middle of the third period. 2004 had San Jose break over the hump beating Colorado to advance to round three for the first time ever. In 2011, San Jose defeated Detroit in a epic seven game series and Patrick Marleau, recently criticized by Jeremy Roenick about being “gutless” scores the series winning goal.
That was then. This is now. After a long disappointing Game 4 that went three overtimes, the San Jose Sharks showed resiliency and domination in a 5-1 win in Game 5. Team Teal had every aspect going: offense, defense, power play, penalty kill, netminding. It was a full team effort in a full 60 minute game. If San Jose can play like that in Nashville on Monday night, we will see handshakes before you tune into Pucknology After Dark.
With the success of the new lineup for San Jose, we should expect to see what we saw in Game 5 on Monday:
Hertl – Thornton – Pavelski
Marleau – Couture – Donskoi
Karlsson – Tierney – Ward
Zubrus – Spaling – Nieto
Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Dillon – Polak
For Nashville, for the second consecutive series, they head home facing elimination down 3-2 in the series. Don’t count out the Predators. San Jose is focusing on slowing down Nashville’s second line of Colin Wilson, Mike Fisher and James Neal heading into Game 6. That line has scored the past five goals for the Predators, and the Sharks want to limit their chances near the net.
Nashville will need a flawless effort to get on a plane for one more flight to California. It would be their fifth in the last three weeks.
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