I know it’s tough to look to the future without having the past give some burden. For many Sharks fans and commentators go online and declare it was a great year, I’m thinking not so fast. We’ve come this far, and in this two month stretch our guys in Deep Pacific Teal haven’t faced a two game deficit in a series. So why am I seeing some people already shave their beards, getting ready to jump into baseball season? I don’t get it.
Are the Sharks getting outplayed in this series? Yes. Has Pittsburgh kept San Jose in this series? Absolutely. There hasn’t been one game where the Penguins have absolutely destroyed the Sharks. They’ve played their game and used their speed and get in the middle of their defensive zone. Change that like you did in the third period of Game 4 and it’s a possible series changer.
But you can’t just quit because they lost a game. Or three. Did you quit on the Giants when they were down 0-2 to Cincinnati in the 2012 National League Division Series? No. You believed and they won the next three and went onto sweep Detroit to win the World Series. Then won it again two years later.
Did you quit on the Golden State Warriors just a couple of weeks ago when Oklahoma City was up 3-1 in their Western Conference Finals? There was a ton of doubt but a bit of confidence and the Warriors ended up winning the series and likely destined for a second consecutive NBA championship.
Until I see Gary Bettman booed, Phil Pritchett comes out with a beautiful 35 pound trophy with white gloves on, and a captain raises it over his head, IT’S NOT OVER!
Was it over when the Los Angeles Kings won the first overtime game at home way back in April? No.
Was it over when Nashville won in multiple overtimes in Game 3 and single overtime in Game 6? No.
Was it over when the Blues started Jake Allen and stole Game 4 of the Western Conference Final? No.
San Jose hasn’t lost three in a row since late March. In that time they found resiliency, strength, perseverance, and the hunger to win.
Championship teams have those qualities. Time to go all out. All in, all out. Until someone hoists the Stanley Cup, go out there and take it.
As many of you know from Pucknology After Dark, I do tend to use sports movie quotes for inspiration, so here are my favorites. Go Sharks, make this dream come true.