There is a tale in the hockey world regarding San Jose Sharks fans only being able to drink out of water fountains in the city because the team has yet to win a Cup — as in that of Lord Stanley himself. It’s a silly tale indeed, but the idea behind it is not. The Sharks, although only a hockey organization since 1991, have had too much talent over the years to not be one of the handful of NHL teams to hoist the ever-coveted Stanley Cup.
Perhaps this is the year the Sharks realize that the alternative ending to the sorry playoff story they regrettably keep writing is more in reach now than ever before.
The Sharks will roll down south this week after taking a 2-0 series lead against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday with an unmerciful 7-2 win, a score that coincidentally goes hand in hand with the 6-3 stomping San Jose handed the Kings in the first game of the series a few nights earlier.
And while the Sharks have seemingly figured out every way to choke in the postseason, the look of the current team is what makes a first-round victory completely possible. The Sharks’ roster has never looked better in terms of depth. On Sunday night alone, players such as Mike Brown, Raffi Torres and Justin Braun all found the back of the net, along with the expected additional scoring from Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau; all against Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who is hailed as one of the best in the NHL.
Whichever team pulls through this initial round will go on to face the winner of the Anaheim Ducks–Dallas Stars series, and the Sharks’ ability to roll four scoring lines will become a key to winning against either of those offensively-charged teams.
Although this California rivalry series is far from over, especially since the Kings have yet to play on home ice, it seems the Sharks have finally figured out that history is, more often than not, a fact of life not worth repeating.