The Sharks are one loss away from the end of their 2010-2011 season.
The San Jose Sharks failed to capitalize on five straight powerplays against the Vancouver Canucks, and are now trailing the series 3-1.
One more loss sends the Sharks home. Home to relax, to their families, to their summer past times.
Home to failure and disappointment. Going home now means heartbreak for organization and the thousands of San Jose fans.
It’s not time to go home. Home will be waiting. No, it’s time to push into that extra gear, time to step on the gas pedal and refuse to let up.
The Sharks are one loss away from ending their season in disappointment, but they are only seven wins away from ending their season with the greatest trophy in hockey.
Mistakes were made in Sunday’s matinee versus the Canucks.
The Sharks showed their teeth too late. They allowed the Canucks to score three goals in only 1:55 in the second period. San Jose would score two late goals in the third, but it would not be enough to surpass Vancouver’s four goals.
San Jose needs to fix their mistakes, no doubt, but most importantly, they need to play on an elevated level. They need to want the win so bad that they win the battles on the boards, they block the shots, and they capitalize on their opportunities.
No, the Sharks need to make their own opportunities.
The Canucks are a great hockey team. The Sharks at their best will not ensure victories over the Canucks. Hence, San Jose will need to make opportunities where the Vancouver defense gives them none.
It’s time to push everything to the brink. It’s now or the season ends.
The odds are certainly against the Sharks, but they do have a couple things going for them.
The Canucks gave up a 3-0 lead and watched the Blackhawks win three in a row and force a game seven. Three wins in a row for San Jose means a ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals.
When faced with elimination against the Detroit Red Wings, the Sharks buckled up to send the Wings home.
A San Jose comeback is not likely. The Canucks are a deep, strong team with a 3-1 chokehold.
That said, a San Jose comeback is not impossible.
That’s a quote from Logan Couture’s Twitter account.
Let’s see it Logan. Let’s see it Sharks. Ignore the injuries, the critics, and the odds. Play your hearts out until everything is left on that rink.
It’s that or go home – and going home now will only sting. Take your time coming home Sharks.