As all of you know, I bleed Washington Capital red. On his birthday, I presented my 11 year old son with his most cherished piece of clothing since his #86 Todd Heap jersey…an authentic #8 Alex Ovechkin Capitals jersey. The boy would wear it in the shower if he could. He still dons it proudly, even after the Capitals embarrassing playoff exit, a 4 game sweep, at the hands of the f-ing Tampa Bay Lightning. By the way, Martin St. Louis has officially joined the ranks of Danny Brierre in my sports hatred. If I ever see him on the streets of Towson, as Russell Crowe said perfectly in “The Gladiator”…I will unleash hell on that midget.
But, back to the story at hand.
A few months back, I authored a blog in reference to the San Jose Sharks because of their impending game with my Capitals. In that blog, I gave several reasons why, I like the Sharks. Truth be told, they are my favorite Western Conference team, and my second favorite NHL team after my Capitals. My reasons are detailed in the blog, so I won’t bore you with recapping those at this time. But I did want to come on here today, and announce proudly that the San Jose Sharks have avoided the ugly stigma, that plagues the 2010 Boston Bruins…they didn’t cough up a 3-0 lead.
Now, to be fair, they did allow the Detroit Red Wings to claw their way back from an 0-3 hole and force a Game 7. Say what you will, but the fact that the Sharks were able to go up 3-0 on a team like Detroit is a testament to the kind of team San Jose has put on the ice this year. They were the #2 seed in the Western, behind President’s Trophy winning Vancouver, who I don’t hate either, and with scorers like Logan Couture, Patrick Marleau, and Dany Heatley…and by the way, isn’t it nice to see how Dany has rebounded after that crash a few years ago, the Sharks are an imposing offensive team. They score…point blank.
But they let the Red Wings claw their way back into the series.
It wasn’t until Marleau’s third period goal that the Sharks were finally able to dispose of the Comeback Wings, and advance to the Western Conference Finals against Vancouver. It’s how it should be in the West…#1 vs. #2. Unfortunately, the Eastern Conference’s #1 and #2 couldn’t hold up their end of the bargain as the Caps and Flyers both choked, and were swept by the lesser talented Lightning and Bruins. God, if only…..
But at least, with the Caps done, I can still watch the NHL playoffs, and kind of have a dog in the fight. I like the Sharks, and I will be rooting for them to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. If it’s not going to be the Great 8 hoisting it at Verizon, the my second choice would be for Patrick Marleau or Logan Couture, to hoist it at the Shark Tank.