May 22nd, 2010, 10:30 am
I think the Sharks actually brought a kitchen sink onto the ice last night- they tried every goddam thing they could think of. As Steve Rosenbloom wrote:
I don’t know what else the Sharks can do.
They’ve skated at the pace the Blackhawks wanted, and they’ve taken it to the Hawks. And they still lost.
They went with their top lines against the Hawks’ top lines, and they produced a lot of scoring chances. And they still lost.
They changed lines, drew power plays, and outshot the Hawks in the United Center in a gotta-have-it Game 3 after dropping the first two games at home. And they still lost.
They forced the Hawks’ dangerous scorers to the perimeter and cut down on the bodies in front of their goaltender. And they still lost.
They came back from a potentially killer breakaway goal late in the third period and tied the game even later. And they still lost.
I don’t know what else the Sharks can do. And it doesn’t look like they know, either.
Despite this being written by a guy at the Trib, there’s not much here I disagree with. I still believe the Sharks can win game 4, because a little break here, a bounce there, and the Sharks win a game. But even in my wildest imagination I don’t think they can win four. T-Mac points to the Philly-Boston series as motivation, and I suppose it is that. However, the differences between Boston and Chicago are wide and deep. We’ve seen the Hawks just lay down for a game here and there, but not 4. They have not lost two consecutive games in this postseason. We’re Sharks fans, so we’re holding a grain of hope for a second miracle this year, but the realists in us know it ain’t really gonna happen.
This sucks. Somebody cheer me up, will ya?