The San Jose Sharks are playing the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals. The winner of this game moves on to the Stanley Cup Finals wherein the two best teams–and by best I mean most winningest–battle over hockey supremacy and the right to have your name engraved on the oldest trophy in the history of North American sports.
After the first period the Sharks are winning 1-0. Thanks to a power play goal by Jason Demers.
Both team have looked good, and have been playing hard, physical, tough hockey. At one point, with about seven minutes left in the period the hit totals were Chicago 9; San Jose 11. Twenty combined hits with more than five minutes ago! Is that a lot? I hear you asking. Well my answer is, I don’t know. I do know, however, that is seems like a lot, and I hope can keep up this pace.
There has always been a tendency (or maybe often is a better word–yeah) often been a tendency for the Sharks to take moments of the hockey game off. This can’t happen in the playoffs if you expect to win, and thankfully they haven’t done that in the current playoff tournament. Nor do I expect them to; they ARE a different team this year. Sure, some of the people are old familiar and friendly faces, but there is enough new blood on the team to really change its complexion and dynamic. For the first time in a long time, we are seeing the Sharks live up to their full potential. They are hungry and angry this year, as well as composed and smart. And they have been something else this playoffs that they haven’t been before…consistently good. In the past there have been flashes of brilliance, but this year it has been nothing but brilliant. I hope and believe that they will continue to do so.
Here’s to hoping for another hard-hitting period–with the Sharks dishing out more and better than they get.