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Monthly Archives: May 2004
4 of 8 in the first round
3 of 4 in the 2nd
1 of 2 in the conference finals
(8 of 14. I wouldn’t use me to bet in Vegas…)
I picked San Jose originally, but they couldn’t quite beat Calgary, exhaustion and injuries.
I really like both tampa and calgary. Similar teams, should be very up-tempo. good goaltending, too.
I like Calgary’s goaltending better.
I’ll choose Calgary in 6. But I won’t be heart broken if Tampa takes it. Both are good, worthy teams with reasons to cheer for them.
five wins short of perfection.
Before the loss — anything less isn’t good enough. But after, I find I can relax and appreciate what we had, how far we went. Especially given the previous season, and how quickly and unexpectedly this happened.
I haven’t had this much fun in years. Just watching this team is fun.
So thanks, Sharks, for helping me re-find the joy of just sitting back and being a fan again.
Watching them last night, I saw a team that desperately wanted the win — and didn’t have enough left in the gas tank to drive the car. Calgary wasn’t much better off. Ultimately, I think going through Colorado took us out; that series and the altitude, I think, is what drained us just enough that we couldn’t keep up with Calgary for four wins.
that and injuries. I haven’t heard an injury list yet, but think about it: No Marco Sturm. Alyn McCauley is hurt. Scott Thornton is hurt. Haven’t heard about Ricci, but if he’s NOT hurt I’ll be astounded. Rathje’s hurt. McLaren’s hurt. The only question really is HOW BADLY? What were they playing through?
Who else? But just look at those names — and we still were a goal short in game 6 of the conference finals.
There will be changes, some players won’t be back, some new players will cycle in. the Sharks have to get better yet, and we see that opportunity. But that analysis is for later. Now, I’m going to just sit back, relax, enjoy the season for what it was (wonderful! damn good! beat all possible expectations. lots of fun) and wait to see who takes up Lord Stanley. Four wins left in the season, and we’ll have all summer to worry about next season. It can wait.
And so, it will.
Thanks, guys. relax. you didn’t fail, much as it feels like it today. Be proud — and build from today next year.
But worry about that later. Now is time for sleep and healing and reintroducing yourself to wives and children and girlfriends and dogs, and golf and hunting and whatever. Especially the whatever part. Hockey will return soon enough…
let’s see. 4 of 8 in the first round.
2nd round? sharks, flames, tampa, toronto (grump). 3 of 4.
7 of 12 for the playoffs.
San Jose/calgary: should be a huge goaltender battle. I’ll be amazed if either team scores 3 goals in any one game. I don’t expect many games with three goals combined — but it’s going to be high tempo, fun, in your face hockey. possibly lots of overtime. Very closely matched, but I’ll take the Sharks in 6.
Tampa/Philly: the strategy for every team facing the bolts is “they’re small. hit them and make them pay”. And the Lightning are in the conference finals because, basically, you can’t hit what you can’t catch, and teams have generally ended up running around and out of position trying to catch them, and when they do, Lecavalier and St. Louis bury them. I see no reason why Philly will be any different. Esche will make it easy, but I don’t see the Flyers advancing. Tampa in 5.
One octopus down. One octopus to go. Eight wins, guys.