So that sucked.
There’s no way around it. It was just a shitty game. The Sharks played poorly, which was made worse by the fact that the Kings weren’t playing that well either, but they were playing well enough to win. That’s all they needed. It didn’t help that the Sharks had no luck at all, with bounces going wide, high and right to Quick if they got near the net. Passes were anything but crisp, often connected with the guys in white, and had a hard time finding their way out of the defensive zone.
Nemo got scored on by two odd man rushes and an own goal, although I am sure people will blame him for the loss. Stalock was better although the defense didn’t do him any favors. I believe that Nemo was pulled more to jump start the team than he was for letting in 3 goals. Sadly, it didn’t work. I guess someone pissed in the Sharks’ Wheaties this morning because they were sure playing like it.
So why am I not worried?
Well, I’ll tell you.
First of all, I assumed this was going to be a 7 game series anyway. Being 3-2 is therefore not the end of the world. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s not even close. The world probably doesn’t even care, honestly. It’s just a rock in space,whipping around a nuclear furnace at speeds so high we can’t really imagine them. So no, the world didn’t end with this loss.
Secondly, there are two games left. Do I want it to go 7? No. Would I have been happier to see it end in 4 or 5? Absolutely, but the series isn’t over yet. I’m annoyed by their utter lack of fire but they still have a chance to get it back and win on LA ice. Not as good as at home, but I’ll take it.
Third, a long time off could be just as deadly to the Sharks as a long series. This is the playoffs; it’s not supposed to be easy.
Sharks in 6? Why the hell not!